You can access any feature in Windows Media Center using only the keyboard. In addition, Media Center provides a variety of keyboard shortcuts so that navigating with the keyboard is easier.
For information about using Ease of Access features such as Narrator and Magnifier, see Use Ease of Access features in Windows Media Center.
The following tables show the various keyboard shortcuts for Media Center. For more Windows keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts.
The following table shows how to use shortcuts for basic navigation in Media Center.
Open Media Center or return to the Media Center start screen
Accept a selection
Go back to the previous screen
Go to the first item in a list
Go to the last item in a list
Move left, right, up, or down
Go in or go out of full-screen mode
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to control audio.
Mute or unmute volume
Turn down volume
Turn up volume
Go to the Music library page
Play a song
Stop playing a song
Pause or resume a song
Go to the beginning of the current song
Skip to the next song
Fast forward a song
Rip a CD
Display the shortcut menu
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to watch and record TV.
Go to Recorded TV
Go to the Guide
Go to live TV
Change the screen aspect ratio (zoom)
Record a TV show
Pause or resume live TV or recorded TV
Stop recording or stop playing a TV show
Resume playing a TV show
Rewind live TV or recorded TV
Fast forward live TV or recorded TV
Go to the next channel
Go to the previous channel
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to view pictures.
Go to pictures
Zoom in on a picture
Play a slide show
Stop a slide show
Pause or resume a slide show
Skip back to the previous picture
Up Arrow or Left Arrow
Skip forward to the next picture
Down Arrow or Right Arrow
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to play videos.
Go to Videos
Play a video
Pause or resume a video
Stop a video
Rewind a video
Fast forward a video
The following table shows how to use shortcuts while playing DVDs.
Go to the DVD menu
Play a DVD
Pause or resume a DVD
Stop a DVD
Rewind a DVD
Fast forward a DVD
Go to the previous chapter
Go to the next chapter
Change the DVD audio selection
Some of the keyboard shortcuts listed here might not be available depending on your computer hardware or the type of media that you're playing. For example, you won't be able to show the Guide if you haven't set up a TV tuner.
All features and buttons in Windows Media Center are accessible to you by using the keyboard only. Windows Media Center provides a variety of keyboard shortcuts for the more commonly used commands and buttons that you can use to control Windows Media Center from your keyboard or with macros.
The following tables show the various keyboard shortcuts for Windows Media Center.
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to navigate the keyboard.
Open Windows Media Center or return to the Windows Media Center start screen
Close Windows Media Center
Accept the selection
Go to the next page
Go to the previous page
Go in and go out of windowed mode
Turn on or turn off closed captioning
Go to Music
Play an audio file or song
Stop playing an audio file or song
Pause or resume an audio file or song
Replay an audio file or song
Display the context menu
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to control the TV.
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to play the radio.
Go to Radio
Pause or resume live radio
Stop live radio
Resume playing radio
Go to Pictures
Zoom a picture in Picture Details
Pause a slide show
UP ARROW or LEFT ARROW
DOWN ARROW or RIGHT ARROW
The following table shows how to use shortcuts to play DVDs.
Change the DVD angle
Change the DVD subtitles selection