Windows 7 Shortcuts
minusMove and Resize Active Window Win+Arrow Down Set window to Restored (if Maximized) or Minimized (if Restored) Win+Arrow Up Maximize window (if Restored) Win+Shift+Arrow Down/Win+Shift+Arrow Up Maximize Restored window vertically / Restore window to previous state Win+Arrow Right/Win+Arrow Left Move Restored window to left/center/right. Works across multiple monitors Win+Shift+Arrow Right/Win+Shift+Arrow Left Move window to left monitor / to right monitor when using multiple monitors Alt+Space Opens the title bar menu Alt+Space+Enter Restore Window Alt+Space+X Maximize Window Alt+Space+N Minimize Window F11 Turn full page view on or off 'Maximized' means full screen, 'Restored' means variable window size, and 'Minimized' means minimized to taskbar. minusSwitch between Applications Alt+Tab, Alt+Shift+Tab Cycles through open programs in taskbar. Hold alt and continuously press tab to move forward between applications. Release keys to switch to application selected. Add shift to reverse direction. Alt+Ctrl+Tab, then use arrow keys to select application Cycles through open programs in taskbar without needing to hold alt continuously. Press alt+ctrl+tab once, then continue with arrow keys and press enter on application. Alt+Esc/Alt+Shift+Esc Cycle through programs on taskbar in the order they were opened or accessed Win+Tab Cycle through programs using Aero Flip 3D Ctrl+Win+Tab Cycle through programs on Taskbar using Aero Flip 3D Win+G Cycle through Gadget Window minusManage Multiple Windows Win+D Minimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous state Win+M Minimize all windows on current Monitor Win+Shift+M Restore previously minimized windows on current Monitor Win+Home Set all windows to Minimized on current Monitor except active Win+Space Preview Desktop / make windows transparent (May not work with all Settings) minus2. Accessing Windows Features Win+E Start Windows Explorer (in My Computer) Win+R Open the Run window Win+F Open Windows Search. f3 on empty desktop works, too. Win+L Lock the keyboard/ computer Win+F1 Display Windows Help Alt+Shift Change keyboard language layout if multiple language layouts are active* Shift when inserting CD or DVD Prevent CD or DVD from automatically playing Win+P Choose Presentation Display Mode Win+X Open Mobility Center * When working with multiple Keyboards Layouts (e.g. Spanish/English/German). Add unlimited Layouts under Regional settings and activate language bar in Taskbar to see current language. Switch with shortcut any time. minus3. Windows 7 Taskbar Win or Ctrl+Esc Activate Start Button. Then use arrow keys, space and enter to navigate within Start Menu Win+T Go to first item in taskbar, continue with arrow keys Win+B Go to first item in system tray Shift+click on a taskbar item Start new instance of taskbar item Ctrl+Shift+click on a taskbar item Start new instance of taskbar item as administrator Shift+right-click on a taskbar item Show the window menu for the program Win+1...9 Switch to application in position N on taskbar (or launch pinned application) Shift+Win+1...9 Start new instance of taskbar item in position N on taskbar Unfortunately, Microsoft removed the possibility to select multiple taskbar items in Windows 7 minus4. Navigating Desktop Arrow Keys Navigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop) Home/End Select first / select last object on desktop Enter Launch active icon Shift+F10 Activate context menu of active icon by simulates right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to select item tab, shift+tab on empty desktop Navigate between desktop, the quick-launch bar, task bar and notification bar. Then use arrow keys and enter or space to activate specific icons A, B, C, ... Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter minus5. Windows Explorer minusBasics Win+E Start Windows Explorer (My Computer) Alt+Arrow Up Go up one folder Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow Right Go to previous folder / go to next folder Tab/Shift+Tab Switch focus forward/ backward between Address bar, Search Bar, Toolbar, Navigation Pane, and File List (Default is usually File List) Alt+D or f4 Jump to the Address bar and select absolute address. Copy address with ctrl+c if desired Ctrl+E or ctrl+f Jump to Search Box in Explorer Ctrl+N Open new instance of Windows Explorer F11 Maximize window minusNavigate File List and Navigation Pane Arrow Keys Navigate between files and folders Enter Open folder or start application Home/End Jump to first / jump to last item F2 Change the file name of active item F2, then arrow left/Arrow Right Move one character to the left / to the right in item name F2, then ctrl+Arrow Left/Ctrl+Arrow Right Jump one word to the left / to the right of item name F2, then home /End Jump to beginning / jump to end of item name F2, then ctrl+a Select complete object name including suffix (default excludes suffix) Arrow Left/Arrow Right Expand folder / collapse folder (navigation pane only) minusFile List Alt+P Display or hide Preview Pane Alt+V then D View details. Check View menu for more options Alt+V then X View extra-large icons. Check View menu for more options Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel Change size of icons minusSelect Items in File List and Navigation Pane Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down Select multiple adjacent items (directly above or below) ctrl with arrow keys and space Select multiple non-adjacent items. Hold ctrl, use arrow keys to move to next item, and press space to add/remove from selection Ctrl+A Select all A ...Z and 1..9 Press the initial letter any item to jump to it. Continue typing the full name if multiple items start with the same letter minusManipulate Items in Explorer Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+V ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+X for cut and Ctrl+V for paste Ctrl+Z Undo an action Ctrl+Y Redo an action Delete Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin Shift+Delete Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin Shift+F10 Activate context menu of active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to get to the selection Ctrl+Shift+N Create new folder Alt+Enter Open Properties dialog box minus6. Photo Viewer Arrow Left/Arrow Right Go to next / go to previous photo Ctrl+. Rotate photo clockwise Ctrl+, Rotate photo counter-clockwise [+]/- Zoom in / zoom out (or mouse wheel) Ctrl+0 (zero) Fit to Window Delete Delete current photo Shift+Delete Permanently delete current photo Alt+Enter Show properties of current photo Alt+E or Ctrl+S Email current photo Ctrl+C Copy current photo file to clipboard Alt+O Open current photo in other application (e.g. Paint of Office) minus7. Dialog Boxes Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+Tab Move forward / move backwards through tabs Tab/Shift+Tab Move forward / move backwards 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 Space 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 F4 Display the items in the active list Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box minus8. Windows Admin minusAdmin Tasks Ctrl+Win+F Search for Computers (with Active Directory activated) Win+Pause/Break Display System Properties which holds system properties, computer name, device manager and so on Ctrl+Shift+Esc Opens Windows Task Manager minusRemote Desktop Alt+Page Up/Alt+Page Down Move between programs from left to right / from right to left Alt+Insert Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in Alt+Home Display the Start menu Ctrl+Alt+pause/break Switch between a window and full screen Ctrl+Alt+End Display the Windows Security dialog box Alt+Delete Display the system menu minus9. Windows Help Tab Move between links Alt+C Display the Table of Contents Alt+N Display the Connection Settings menu F10 Display the Options menu Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow Right Move back / move forward to the previously/ next viewed topic Alt+A Display the customer support page Alt+Home Display the Help and Support home page Home/End Move to the beginning / to the end of a topic Ctrl+F Search the current topic. Press tab to leave Ctrl+P Print a topic F3 Move the cursor to the search box. Press tab to leave minus10. Ease of Access and Magnifier minusEase of Access Win+U Open Ease of Access Center Press Shift five times. Turn Sticky Keys on or off Press Num Lock for five seconds Turn Toggle Keys on or off Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on or off left Alt + left Shift +Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off left Alt + left Shift + prtScn Turn High Contrast on or off (Careful, will change theme!) minusMagnifier Win+[+] Start Magnifier and zoom in Win+- Zoom out with Magnifier active Ctrl+Alt+I Invert colors in Magnifier display Win+Esc Exit Magnifier Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys Move the Magnifier windows Note: Microsoft lists more shortcuts for Magnifier, but not all of them seem to work.
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