The Windows Media Center user interface is optimized for television displays and remote control-based navigation. However, there are a lot of computers running Windows Media Center that are configured as standard desktop systems or laptops. I find myself trying to navigate through the Windows Media Center UI using the keyboard very often on my systems, particularly while working on Windows Media Center application development using the Windows Media Center SDK.
I recently found a couple of lists that contain all of the keyboard shortcuts that can be used in Windows Media Center. These shortcuts can be particularly useful when testing applications on a system that you do not have a remote control receiver plugged in to, or if you are like me and find keyboard navigation faster and more convenient than mouse or remote control navigation.
Here are the lists of keyboard shortcuts that are supported for various editions of Windows Media Center:
- List of keyboard shortcuts for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - http://www.microsoft.com/enable/products/keyboard/keyboardresults.asp?Product=42
- List of keyboard shortcuts for Windows Media Center in Windows Vista - http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/e69eb36f-de61-4e80-8fe3-f3835b8e3e261033.mspx