Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts to Increase Productivity

Windows 7 Desktop

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.

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

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 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/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

Shortcuts for Ease of Access

Shortcut Description
Right SHIFT for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (or PRTSCRN) Turn High Contrast on or off
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK Turn Mouse Keys on or off
SHIFT five times Turn Sticky Keys on or off
NUM LOCK for five seconds Open the Ease of Access Center
Win + U Cycle through all open windows

For: Windows Explorer

Shortcut Description
Alt + Left Arrow Go back
Alt + Right Arrow Go forward
Alt + Up Arrow 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.)
Num Lock + Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock + Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + Minus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Collapse the selected folder

For: Taskbar Modifiers

Shortcut Description
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

For: Dialog Box

Shortcut Description
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

For: Photo Gallery

Shortcut Description
Ctrl + F Open the Fix pane
Ctrl + P Print the selected picture
Ctrl + I Open or close the Details pane
Ctrl + Period (.) Rotate the picture clockwise
Ctrl + Comma (,) 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 + Left Arrow Go back
Alt + Right Arrow Go forward
Plus Sign (+) Zoom in or resize the picture thumbnail
Minus Sign (-) 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 And Out Windows 7

Shortcut Description
Win + Right Arrow + Enter Shutdown
Win + Right Arrow + Right Arrow + R Restart
Win + Right Arrow + Right Arrow + S Sleep
Win + Right Arrow + Right Arrow + W Switch users

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javed Jul 20, 2009


plz send me all type of shortcut keyboard


LnddMiles Jul 21, 2009

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