Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts to Increase Productivity

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With all the less pleasant verdicts about Vista, Windows 7 is perhaps PC users’ next best news. Codenamed Blackcomb, this new Microsoft operating system is surely a successor over it’s predecessor Windows XP and definitely Vista. With Microsoft to end their support for Windows XP in 2014, we figured Windows 7 will be completely taking over things in the next year or so.


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If you are a Windows users it’s probably time for a change, or at least tryout this new operating system. Here are some shortcut keys to help improve your productivity and user experience with Windows 7. Full list after jump.

General Windows 7 Shortcuts

  • Win + Up – Maximize the current Window
  • Win + Down – Restore down or minimize current Windows
  • Win + Leftdow – Dock the current Window to the left half of the screen
  • Win + Rightdow – Dock the current Window to the right half of the screen
  • Win + Number – Activate and run the program pinned on Windows 7 Taskbar, running program won’t be affected
  • Win + Home – Minimize all but the current Window
  • Win + Space – Makes all Windows transparent so you can see through to the desktop
  • Win + Pause or Break – Open System Properties
  • Win + Tab – Flip Aero 3D [press Tab to cycle between Windows]
  • Win + B – Move focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the taskbar)
  • Win + D – Show/Hide desktop
  • Win + E – Windows Explorer is launched
  • Win + F – Search
  • Win + G – Bring all gadgets on top and foreground
  • Win + L – Lock Computer
  • Win + M – Minimize all Windows
  • Win + P – Open the projection menu (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)
  • Win + RRun Command is launched.
  • Win + S – OneNote Screen Clipping Tool
  • Win + T – Show preview thumbnail of running applications in Windows Taskbar one by one without mouse over
  • Win + X – Mobility Center
  • Win + # – Quicklaunch
  • Win + = – Magnifier
  • Win + + or - – Enables the magnifier and zooms in/out
  • Win + Shift + Up – Maximize vertical size
  • Win + Shift + Down – Restore vertical size
  • Win + Shift + Leftdow – Jump to left monitor
  • Win + Shift + Right – Jump to right monitor
  • Win + Shift + M – Undo all Window minimization
  • Win + Shift + T – Cycles backwards
  • Win + Ctrl + F – Opens the Active Directory Find Computers dialog
  • Ctrl + Right – Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
  • Ctrl + Left – Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
  • Ctrl + Up – Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
  • Ctrl + Down – Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
  • Ctrl + Click – A pinned taskbar icon to cycle through the program’s open Windows (e.g. IE)
  • Ctrl + Win + Tab – Persistent flip 3D
  • Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key – Select a block of text
  • Ctrl + arrow + Spacebar – Select multiple individual items in a Window or on the desktop
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc – Open Task Manager directly
  • Ctrl + Shift + N – Create new folder

Shortcuts for Ease of Access

  • Right Shift for eight seconds – Turn Filter Keys on and off
  • Left Alt+left Shift+PRINTSCREEN (or PRTSCRN) – Turn High Contrast on or off
  • Left Alt+left Shift+NUMLOCK – Turn Mouse Keys on or off
  • Shift five times – Turn Sticky Keys on or off
  • NUMLOCK for five seconds – Open the Ease of Access Center
  • Win + U – Cycle through all open Windows

Windows Explorer

  • Alt + Leftdow – Go back
  • Alt + Right – Go forward
  • Alt + Up – Go up a directory
  • Alt + Enter – Open the Properties Window of the current selection
  • Alt + Spacebar – Open the shortcut menu for the active Window
  • Alt + F4 – Close the active Window
  • Alt + Tab – Switch to previous active Window
  • Alt + Esc – Cycle through all open Windows
  • Alt + D – Move focus to address bar
  • Alt + P – Show/hide the preview panel
  • Ctrl + N – Open a new Window
  • Ctrl + Mousewheel – Change the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)
  • NUMLOCK + Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad – Display all subfolders under the selected folder
  • NUMLOCK + Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad – Display the contents of the selected folder
  • NUMLOCK + Minus Sign (+) on numeric keypad – Collapse the selected folder

Taskbar Modifiers

  • Shift + Click on icon – Open a new instance
  • Middle click on icon – Open a new instance
  • Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon – Open a new instance with Admin privileges

Dialog Box

  • Ctrl + Tab – Move forward through tabs
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab – Move back through tabs
  • Shift + Tab – Move back through options
  • Tab – Move forward through options
  • Alt + underlined letter – Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
  • Enter – Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
  • Spacebar – Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
  • Arrow keys – Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
  • BackSpace – Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Photo Gallery

  • Ctrl + F – Open the Fix pane
  • Ctrl + P – Print the selected picture
  • Ctrl + I – Open or close the Details pane
  • Ctrl + . – Rotate the picture clockwise
  • Ctrl + , – Rotate the picture counter-clockwise
  • Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel – Change the size of the picture thumbnail
  • Ctrl + B – Best fit
  • Ctrl + E – Search for an item
  • Alt + Leftdow – Go back
  • Alt + Right – Go forward
  • + – Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail
  • - – Zoom out or resize the picture thumbnail
  • Shift + Delete – Permanently delete the selected item
  • Enter – View the selected picture at a larger size

Logging In/ Out

  • Win + Right + Enter – Shutdown
  • Win + Right + Right + R – Restart
  • Win + Right + Right + S – Sleep
  • Win + Right + Right + W – Switch users

Author:

Kay is a tech-savvy and regular writer at Hongkiat.com. He also maintains K-Director, a technology blog. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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