How to use Windows 7 Shortcuts

Here’s a list of the best Windows 7 shortcuts, many of them culled from the excellent list at Lifehacker. The full list is here. Maybe there are more?


Win+number Opens corresponding program on taskbar
Win+Alt+number Opens tasklist on corresponding program
Shift+Win+number Opens a new instance of corresponding application
Ctrl+Win+number Cycles thro open windows of corresponding application
Alt+Win+number Opens the Jump List for corresponding application
Win+T Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar
Win+B Focuses the System Tray icons



Ctrl+Shift+N Creates a new folder
Alt+Up Goes up a folder level
Alt+P Toggles the preview pane
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



Win+P Adjust presentation settings for your display
Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out
Win+G Cycle between the Windows Gadgets on your screen (if you have any)
Win+X Open Windows Mobility Center (change brightness, sound, power, WiFi settings…
Win+L Lock your workstation



Win+ left/right arrow Move window to right/left half of screen
Win+up/down arrow Maximise window/return to original size
Win+Shift+up arrow Stretch window vertically (to top and bottom edges of screen; down arrow reverses)
Win+Shift+left/right arrow Move window between multiple screens
Win+M Minimize all windows (+Shift to Maximise?n)
Win+Home Minimize all but active window (press again to reverse)
Win+D Display the desktop (press again to reverse)
Win+Spacebar Preview desktop
Win+Home Minimize all but active window (press again to reverse)



Win+E Open Explorer/Computer
Win+F Open Search window
Win+R Run dialog box


Non MS programs

Win+K Shifts focus to Klips (if installed)
Win+S Opens clipper in Evernote (in installed)

  You might also be interested in this: How to Search in Windows Seven

 The Master List of New Windows 7 Shortcuts – Windows – Lifehacker


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Jeremy Wagstaff

Jeremy Wagstaff is Chief Technology Correspondent, Asia, for Thomson Reuters. He has worked as a reporter, editor and columnist for Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review and the BBC. . He has lived and worked in Asia since 1987 and is currently based in Singapore.

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