The Windows Key keyboard shortcuts for Vista

by Ross McKillop on June 30, 2008

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Quite some time ago, I wrote a post titled Wow… The Windows Key is useful after all. That post attracted some attention – apparently I wasn’t the only one who really overlooked that key on my keyboard. As it turns out, Vista has decided to include a few extra “Windows Key” keyboard shortcuts too. The majority of the previous Windows Key shortcuts still work in Vista, but here are some new ones:

Windows logo Windows Key + G: Cycle through the Sidebar Gadgets
Windows logo Windows Key + T: Cycle through programs on the Taskbar
Windows logo Windows Key + U: Open the Ease of Access Center
Windows logo Windows Key + X: Open the Windows Mobile Center

  • http://twoguystech.com Mike Scott

    Thanks! That shortcut to the Windows Mobility Center will save some time.

  • spaminator

    My favorites are :
    Windowskey+D = Shows desktop (minimizes everything)
    Windowskey+F = Windows search (F is for find i guess)
    Windowskey+R = Run. Opens a run box.
    Windowskey+L = Locks computer
    Windowskey+ Tab = Cycle through windows in a cool graphical way. I don’t know how to describe it but it’s cool. Helps you find things if you have a hundred windows open :P

    Hope this speeds up ur vista experience!

  • Shruti

    In my keyboard (Vista) few keys has changed their configuration..u,i,o,p,j,k,l,m now it is coming after pressing 4,5,6,/,1,2,3,0 respectively. What i should do. Please help me.

  • nirbhay

    hey shruti.. u just have your numlock turned on.. i had the same problem, just locate the numlock key and turn it off.
    u may have to use ur laptop’s fn key.

  • http://vistadoesntsuck.co.nr Alex

    Windows+U works in Windows XP as well.

  • http://azet milan

    mam notebook compaq nw 8240 a neviem sa zorientovat pri pisani jednotlivych znakov
    vie vie mi prosim vas niekto poradit kde by som našiel navod na použivanie klavesnice.
    a poučenie dakujem som zaciatocnik.