Unless you really like your mouse, it pays to learn how to navigate Vista with keyboard shortcuts. And when nothing but an icon to click will do, save yourself some menu crawling with desktop shortcuts.
“In some instances there is no defined keyboard shortcut to access some things, like your Network and Sharing Center, for example. So, instead of using a keyboard shortcut, you can create a shortcut and add it to your desktop. If you find too many icons on the desktop distracting, you can also add them to your Start Menu or Quick Launch toolbar instead.”
Master Vista With Keyboard and Desktop Shortcuts
By Vangie Beal