windows7 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts....

You would undoubtedly be a more efficient user with these shortcuts  - difficulty is remembering them all! So here is a short compilation...

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Firstly, where Win is written in this text, please use the Windows Key:

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts:

Win +Home: Clear all but the active window.

Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop.

Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.

Shift+Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically.

Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it's maximized.

Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.

Shift+Win+Left/Right arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.


You can also interact with windows by dragging them with the mouse:

Drag window to the top: Maximize

Drag window left/right: Dock the window to fill half of the screen.

Shake window back/forth: Minimize everything but the current window.

Double-Click Top Window Border (edge): Maximize window vertically.

Taskbar Shortcuts:

Win+number (1-9): Starts the application pinned to the taskbar in that position, or switches to that program.

Shift+Win+number (1-9): Starts a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.

Ctrl+Win+number (1-9): Cycles through open windows for the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.

Alt+Win+number (1-9): Opens the Jump List for the application pinned to the taskbar.

Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.

Win+B: Focuses the System Tray icons


In addition, you can interact with the taskbar using your mouse and a modifier key:

Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program.

Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program as an administrator.

Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button: Show the window menu for the program (like XP does).

Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button: Show the window menu for the group.

Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button: Cycle through the windows of the group.

Here's a few more interesting hotkeys for you:

Ctrl+Shift+N: Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer.

Alt+Up: Goes up a folder level in Windows Explorer.

Alt+P: Toggles the preview pane in Windows Explorer.

Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds Copy as Path, which copies the path of a file to the clipboard.

Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds extra hidden items to the Send To menu.

Shift+Right-Click on a folder: Adds Command Prompt Here, which lets you easily open a command prompt in that folder.

Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display.

Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out.

Win+G: Cycle between the Windows Gadgets on your screen.

Win+L: Lock your workstation

Win+D: Display the desktop

Win+Spacebar: Preview desktop

Win+M: Minimize all windows

Win+Shift+M: Maximize all windows

Win+E: Open Computer

Win+F: Search

Win+R: Run dialog

Win+Home: Minimize all but active window

This list is in no way definitive, so if you discover a new shortcut, please do leave a comment...

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