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Windows 7 Hotkeys

I put together this list for my brother when Windows 7 launched. I got the information from a variety of sources, thereby living up to the old adage that "Copying from one person is plagiarism, copying from a hundred people is research." Some of these are new to Windows 7, while others have been around a little while. In any event, here are some notes that explain how to interpret the keystrokes:

  • A plus symbol (+) between keys means to press the keys at the same time, whereas a comma (,) between keys means to press the keys one after another.
  • [Right] text stands for the right cursor key, [Left] for the left cursor key, etc.

Taskbar Modifiers

Shift+Click Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Click Cycle between windows in a group
Middle Click Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Shift+Click Open a new instance of the program as Administrator
Shift+Right-Click Show window menu

Managing Windows

Alt+F4 Close the active window
Alt+Tab Switch to previous active window
Alt+Esc Cycle through all open windows
Win+Tab Flip 3D
Ctrl+Win+Tab Persistent Flip 3D
Win+T Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)
Win+M Minimize all open windows
Win+Shift+M Undo all window minimization
Win+D Toggle showing the desktop
Win+P Open the projection menu (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)
Win+[Up] Maximize the current window
Win+[Down] If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it
Win+[Left] Dock the current window to the left half of the screen
• If it is already docked left, it is moved to the right half of the screen
• If it is already docked right, it is restored to its original size
Win+[Right] Dock the current window to the right half of the screen
• If it is already docked right, it is moved to the left half of the screen
• If it is already docked left, it is restored to its original size
Win+Shift+[Left] Move current window to the left monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Shift+[Right] Move current window to the right monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Home Minimize all but the current window
Win+Space Peek at the desktop
Win+[Plus sign] Zoom in
Win+[Minus sign] Zoom out

Starting Programs

Win+1 Open the first program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+2 Open the second program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+n Open the nth program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+U Open the ease of access center
Win+F Open the search window
Win+X Open the Mobility Center
Win+E Open Explorer
Win+R Open the Run window
Win+B Move focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the taskbar)
Win+Pause Open the System Properties portion from the Control Panel
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Windows Task Manager

Logging In And Out

Win, [Right], Enter Shutdown
Win, [Right], [Right], R Restart
Win, [Right], [Right], S Sleep
Win, [Right], [Right], H Hibernate
Win, [Right], [Right], W Switch Users
Win+L Locks computer

Viewing Folders With Explorer

Alt+[Left] Go back
Alt+[Right] Go forward
Alt+[Up] Go up a directory
Alt+D Move focus to address bar
Alt+D, Tab Move focus to search bar
Alt+Enter Open the Properties window of the current selection
Ctrl+Mousewheel Change the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)
Alt+P Show/hide the preview pane
Posted: May 02 2010, 03:15 by Bob | Comments (0)
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