Wednesday, July 22, 2009

General Windows 7 Shortcuts

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 it̢۪s 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.

If you are a Windows users its 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.

Shortcut     Description

Win + UP Arrow     Maximize the current window
Win + Down Arrow    Restore down or minimize current windows
Win + Left Arrow     Dock the current window to the left half of the screen
Win + Right Arrrow     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 wont 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/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 + R     Run 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 + [+/-]     Enables the magnifier and zooms in/out
Win + Shift + Up Arrow     Maximize vertical size
Win + Shift + Down Arrow     Restore vertical size
Win + Shift + Left Arrow     Jump to left monitor
Win + Shift + Right Arrow     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 Arrow     Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left Arrow     Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Up Arrow     Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Down Arrow     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 with any arrow key + 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

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