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Using Windows Mobility Center in Vista

Windows Vista includes an extremely useful utility called Mobility Center, designed for laptop users to give you lightning quick access to all functions that a mobile user would need.


Open Mobility Center

Use the hotkey Win+X to quickly launch mobility center. You could also find it in the Start menu.


Windows Mobility Center Features

Mobility Center gives you access to features relevant to laptop users. This is a quick overview.

Display Brightness By default Windows Vista dims the screen when on battery mode. You can easily adjust the brightness here.
Volume You can easily change the volume or mute it entirely.
Battery Change the current power management scheme.
Network Center Quickly turn wireless networks on/off.
External Display Change your external display settings. Just click the Connect display button to choose how you want the display.
Screen Rotation If you have a Tablet PC, you can change the rotation of the screen quickly.
Sync settings Sync offline folders or devices quickly.
Presentation Settings Connect to a projector easily.



You can use the tab key to navigate through the items, or use the quick access hotkeys. For instance:

Mute Volume Win+X then Alt+M
Change Volume Win+X then 4 Tabs then right/left arrow keys
Change Brightness Win+X then Tab then right/left arrow keys

Enjoy your mobile computing experience!

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  • Published 06/4/07

Comments (7)

  1. Hendy

    I just wondering why my windows mobility center just show up only 7 menu. Menu display brightness its gone. i dont know where is gone. For specific information that i was using vista business with compaq presario notebook operate. Anybody can help me or give some advise. Kindly appriciate. Many thx bfr.

  2. Edward

    Hello, I need to change the hotkeys assigned to Windows Mobility Center (Win+X), any body know how I can do this?.
    Any help will be appreciated, thanks..
    God bless you, bye.

  3. Arcking

    Use Autohotkey to create the shortcut to Windows Mobility Center.

  4. Bala

    can we add any application to this.. like net monitor etc…

  5. salsabil

    *********************can anyone help me*********************

    i accidentally turned on the projector on and i cant see any thing how can i disable the projector in the mobility center when the screen is black

    please reply

  6. B. Freeman

    My Mobility Center won’t open. I get the error messages:

    “ Windows Mobility Center has stopped working.

    “mblctr.exe bad image is either not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error. Try installing

    the program again using the original installation media or contact your

    system administrator or the software vendor for support”

    WiFiMsg.exe bad image module to process Wifi messages has stopped working,”

    Can you please tell me how to fix this?

  7. jo

    when this programs “pops” up on my open file bar (the bar at the bottom of my desk top it locks up my computer. what is going on. I haven’t ever used this and haven’t opened it.

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