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Windows 7 Shortcuts

Here’s a quick-reference master list of some new Windows 7 shortcuts.

 

 

Window Management Shortcuts

  • Win+Home: Clear all but the active window.
  • Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop.
  • Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.
  • Shift+Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically.
  • Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it’s maximized.
  • Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.
  • Shift+Win+Left/Right arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.

 

Taskbar Shortcuts

  • Win+number (1-9): Starts the application pinned to the taskbar in that position, or switches to that program.
  • Shift+Win+number (1-9): Starts a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
  • Ctrl+Win+number (1-9): Cycles through open windows for the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
  • Alt+Win+number (1-9): Opens the Jump List for the application pinned to the taskbar.
  • Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.
  • Win+B: Focuses the System Tray icons

 

General Shortcuts

  • CTRL+C Copy the selected item
  • CTRL+X Cut the selected item
  • CTRL+V Paste the selected item
  • CTRL+Z Undo an action
  • CTRL+Y Redo an action
  • DELETE Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin
  • SHIFT+DELETE Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first
  • 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+DOWN ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
  • CTRL+UP ARROW Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
  • CTRL+SHIFT with an arrow key Select a block of text
  • SHIFT with any arrow key Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document
  • CTRL with any arrow key+SPACEBAR Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
  • CTRL+A Select all items in a document or window
  • F1 Display Help
  • F2 Rename the selected item
  • F3 Search for a file or folder
  • F4 Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer
  • F5 Refresh the active window
  • F6 Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop
  • F10 Activate the menu bar in the active program
  • ALT+ENTER Display properties for the selected item
  • ALT+F4 Close the active item, or exit the active program
  • ALT+SPACEBAR Open the shortcut menu for the active window
  • CTRL+F4 Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
  • ALT+TAB Switch between open items
  • CTRL+ALT+TAB Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
  • CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size of icons on the desktop
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
  • CTRL+Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +TAB Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
  • ALT+ESC Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
  • SHIFT+F10 Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
  • CTRL+ESC Open the Start menu
  • ALT+underlined letter Display the corresponding menu
  • ALT+underlined letter Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
  • RIGHT ARROW Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu
  • LEFT ARROW Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu
  • ALT+UP ARROW View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer
  • ESC Cancel the current task
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC Open Task Manager
  • SHIFT when you REPLACE a CD Prevent the CD from automatically playing


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