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Master Vista With Keyboard and Desktop Shortcuts
By Vangie Beal
A year ago, when I turned on my Vista machine for the first time, it didn't
take long to realize that unless I mastered keyboard and desktop shortcuts I would be wasting a lot of computing time maneuvering through what seems to be an endless
parade of Vista screens.
Case in point: under Windows XP you can use the CTRL + ALT + DEL combination to instantly bring up the Windows Task Manager if you want to check what processes or applications are running. In Vista, this key
combination only takes you halfway to the Task Manager and leaves you with
additional windows to navigate through. It's not that you can't access the Task
Manager with a shortcut in Vista, it's just that the shortcut is a different
combination of keys than in Windows XP.
Keyboard shortcuts save time in Vista and help you get exactly where you want
to be in seconds. The tables below provide a handy cheat sheet for some
common functions and tasks in Vista.
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using
Windows Flip 3-D
Windows Logo Key + G
Cycle through Sidebar
Windows Logo Key + E
In some instances there is no defined keyboard shortcut to access some
things, like your Network and Sharing Center, for example. So, instead of using a keyboard shortcut, you can create a shortcut and add it to your
desktop. If you find too many icons on the desktop distracting, you can also add
them to your Start Menu or Quick Launch toolbar instead.
Local Area Connection Shortcut This will place a Local Area Connection icon on your desktop that will allow you to view your connection status when you double-click the icon.
Open Network and Sharing Center
(Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet, Network Sharing Center)
On the right hand side click on Manage Network Connection
A new window will open showing your current Network Connections.
Right click on the connection you want quick access to and select
A message window will pop up with "Windows cannot create a shortcut here, would you
like to place the shortcut on the desktop?" Select Yes.
If you prefer you can also drag-and-drop the newly created icon to your
Start Menu or Quick Launch bar.
Run Command Shortcut
When you want to use the Run command in Vista, you can launch the Search
function from the Vista Start menu. Not hard to do actually, but it can be
annoying at times to locate the command on the Start Menu. You can create a
desktop icon for the Run Command which can also be added to your Quick Launch
Click the Start Menu and type Run the in the Search box.
Find the Run command in the generated search results
Click the Run command and hold down the mouse button when you click
Drag it to your desktop or Quick Launch bar
Shortcuts For Web sites, Programs, Folders and Files
Creating any desktop icon for any program, file, folder on your computer is
easy, and can be done using a built in Vista wizard. You can also create
shortcuts to Web URLs.
Right click anywhere on your desktop.
Left click New, then select Shortcut from in the New menu.
This launches the Create Shortcut wizard
Enter the location (Web address) or browse your hard drive for a
location (file, folder or program) that you want to create the shortcut for
Still in the Create Shortcut wizard, enter the name you'd like for this
shortcut when prompted
Once you close any open windows you should see your new shortcut icon on
the Vista desktop
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