General Windows 7 Shortcuts


JF-Expert Member
Feb 12, 2007
Here are some shortcut keys to help improve your productivity and user experience with Windows 7.

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

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