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Windows Media Center Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows Vista

Windows Media Center is available in Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate. It turns your computer into a powerful home entertainment center where you can watch, pause, and record live TV, see slide shows of your own photos, and play any song in your music library, or any of your CDs and DVDs. The following keyboard shortcuts will work within Windows Media Center.

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Windows Media Center Keyboard Navigation

  • Windows Key key + Alt + Enter – Open Windows Media Center
  • Alt + F4 – Close Windows Media Center
  • Enter – Accept the selection
  • Backspace – Go back to the previous screen
  • Home – Go to the first item in a list
  • End – Go to the last item in a list
  • Page Down – Go to the next page
  • Page Up – Go to the previous page
  • Arrow Keys – Move left, right, up, or down
  • Alt + Enter – Go in and go out of windowed mode

Windows Media Center Audio Control

  • F8 – Mute volume
  • F9 – Turn down volume
  • F10 – Turn up volume
  • Ctrl + Shift + C – Turn on or turn off closed captioning
  • Ctrl + M – Go to Music
  • Ctrl + Shift + P – Play an audio file or song
  • Ctrl + P – Pause or resume an audio file or song
  • Ctrl + B – Replay an audio file or song
  • Ctrl + F – Skip to the next song
  • Ctrl + Shift + F – Fast forward a song
  • Ctrl + R – Rip a CD
  • Ctrl + D – Display the context menu

Windows Media Center TV Control

  • Ctrl + O – Go to Recorded TV
  • Ctrl + G – Go to the Guide
  • Ctrl + T – Go to live TV
  • Ctrl + R – Record a TV show
  • Ctrl + P – Pause or resume live TV or recorded TV
  • Ctrl + Shift + S – Stop recording or stop playing a TV show
  • Ctrl + Shift + P – Resume playing a TV show
  • Ctrl + Shift + B – Rewind live TV or recorded TV
  • Ctrl + Shift + F – Fast forward live TV or recorded TV
  • Ctrl + B – Skip back
  • Ctrl + F – Skip forward
  • Ctrl + D – Display the context menu
  • Page Up – Go to the next channel
  • Page Down – Go to the previous channel

Windows Media Center Radio Control

  • Ctrl + A – Go to Radio
  • Ctrl + P – Pause or resume live radio
  • Ctrl + Shift + S – Stop live radio
  • Ctrl + Shift + P – Resume playing radio
  • Ctrl + B – Skip back
  • Ctrl + F – Skip forward
  • Ctrl + D – Display the context menu

Windows Media Center Picture Viewing Control

  • Ctrl + I – Go to Pictures
  • Enter – Zoom a picture in Picture Details
  • Ctrl + Shift + P – Play a slide show
  • Ctrl + Shift + S – Stop a slide show
  • Ctrl + P – Pause a slide show
  • Up Arrow or Left Arrow – Skip back to the previous picture
  • Down Arrow or Right Arrow – Skip forward to the next picture
  • Ctrl + D – Display the context menu

Windows Media Center Video Control

  • Ctrl + E – Go to Videos
  • Ctrl + Shift + P – Play a video
  • Ctrl + P – Pause video
  • Ctrl + Shift + S – Stop video
  • Ctrl + Shift + B – Rewind video
  • Ctrl + Shift + F – Fast forward video
  • Ctrl + B – Skip back
  • Ctrl + F – Skip forward

Windows Media Center DVD Control

  • Ctrl + Shift + M – Go to DVD menu
  • Ctrl + Shift + P – Play a DVD
  • Ctrl + P – Pause DVD
  • Ctrl + Shift + S – Stop DVD
  • Ctrl + Shift + B – Rewind DVD
  • Ctrl + Shift + F – Fast forward DVD
  • Ctrl + B – Go to the previous chapter
  • Ctrl + F – Go to the next chapter
  • Arrow Keys – Change the DVD angle
  • Ctrl + Shift + A – Change the DVD audio selection
  • Ctrl + U – Change the DVD subtitles selection
View more keyboard shortcut articles for: Windows Vista, Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Mail, Windows Command Prompt, and the Microsoft Natural Keyboard.
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