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Navigation in MMC Using the Keyboard and Mouse

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista

You can browse the tree by expanding and collapsing branches. To do this, click the plus sign and minus sign icons, or double-click the branch. The following table lists the keys and key combinations you can use to move in and between windows in the current console.

 

Keystroke Action Result

TAB or F6

Moves forward between panes in the active window.

SHIFT+TAB or SHIFT+F6

Moves backward between panes in the active window.

CTRL+TAB or CTRL+F6

Moves forward between windows.

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB or CTRL+SHIFT+F6

Moves backward between windows.

PLUS SIGN (+) on the numeric keypad

Expands the selected item.

MINUS SIGN (-) on the numeric keypad

Collapses the selected item.

Asterisk (*) on the numeric keypad

Expands the entire tree below the root item in the active window.

UP ARROW

Moves the selection up one item in a pane.

DOWN ARROW

Moves the selection down one item in a pane.

PAGE UP

Moves the selection to the top item visible in a pane.

PAGE DOWN

Moves the selection to the bottom item visible in a pane.

HOME

Moves the selection to the first item in a pane.

END

Moves the selection to the last item in a pane.

RIGHT ARROW

Expands the selected item. If the selected item does not contain hidden items, behaves like DOWN ARROW.

LEFT ARROW

Collapses the selected item. If the selected item does not contain exposed items, behaves like UP ARROW.

ALT+RIGHT ARROW

Moves the selection to the next item. Performs the same function as the Forward arrow on the toolbar.

ALT+LEFT ARROW

Moves the selection to the previous item. Performs the same function as the Back arrow on the toolbar.

The following table lists the mouse actions you can use to move through an MMC tree.

 

Mouse Action Result

Click

Selects an item.

Double-click

Displays or hides items contained by the selected item. Displays properties for or opens an item.

Right-click

Displays the Action shortcut menu for the selected item.

noteNote
If the mouse buttons do not behave as expected, the right and left buttons might be switched. The computer you are using might be configured so that the default actions result from the left and right mouse buttons are reversed.

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