Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Revised

When it comes to windows shortcuts we are pleased to have many of it and sometimes they are hard to find out and to memorize them. Those shortcuts are aimed to access some vital process easily so that while working on several projects the journey will be easier.

We have heard some great news on windows 7 which is claimed to be faster than earlier windows versions and we are also glad regarding the availability of existing shortcuts to launch some applications. We can easily identify The Windows key because it is the one on your keyboard with an image of the Windows flag.  This key is a starting point since some shortcuts is build in combination with this windows keys.

Here are some useful Windows 7 shortcuts for the taskbar :

Windows Key + Number (1 – 9) – Brings up the current window of the corresponding application pinned to the taskbar. If the application is not already in use, this keyboard shortcut will open it. For example, if you have Internet Explorer, Outlook and Word pinned to the taskbar at the right of the Start button, Windows Key + 1 will open IE, Windows Key + 2 will open Outlook and so on.

Shift + Windows Key + Number (1 – 9) – Opens a new instance of the corresponding application pinned to the taskbar.

Windows Key + T – Brings up a view of each taskbar application currently in use, in order from left to right.

Windows Key + Shift + T – Previews the taskbar items from right to left.

Following are several Windows key shortcuts you can use in Windows 7 :

Windows Key – Opens the Start Menu

Windows Key + D – Displays the desktop

Windows Key + M – Minimizes all open windows

Windows Key + Spacebar – All windows become transparent so that the desktop is visible while pressing and holding this keyboard shortcut

Windows Key + Down Arrow – Reduces a maximized window and minimizes a smaller sized window

Windows Key + Up Arrow – Maximizes a smaller window to full screen

Windows Key + Tab – Cycles through open windows

Windows Key + = – Opens the Magnifier

Windows Key + L – Locks your computer

Windows Key + G – Cycles through your gadgets

Windows Key + P – Opens Presentation View, which allows you to switch to another monitor or projector.


A good free utility Windows 7 Shortcuts can also be found on the internet and this utility adds more shortcuts as follows.

General :

Win+Up : Maximize
Win+Down: Restore / Minimize
Win+Left: Snap to left
Win+Right: Snap to right
Win+Shift+Left: Jump to left monitor
Win+Shift+Right: Jump to right monitor
Win+Home: Minimize / Restore all other windows
Win+T: Focus the first taskbar entry Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can
arrow around. Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.
Win+Space: Peek at the desktop
Win+G: Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
Win+P: External display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)
Win+X: Mobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)
Win+# (# = a number key) : Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the Taskbar.
Win + + : Zoom in
Win + – : Zoom Out

Windows Explorer :

Alt+P: Show/hide Preview Pane

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
Shift + Right-click on icon: Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc)
Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu
Shift + Right-click on grouped icon: Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.
Ctrl + Click on grouped icon: Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group

Download Windows 7 shorcuts from this link.

There are other shortcuts and we hope those presented here will make the use of windows easier while running some useful applications. Have we missed any important shortcut here?

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