22 Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts & Hotkeys You Need To Know

win-7-keyboard-shortcutsHere is a list of 22 Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts that I recommend and use daily. These are huge time savers.

If you’re not shortcut-type of person, and don’t usually use shortcuts when working on your computer, you really need to reconsider that habit now.

At least when it comes to Windows 7 (or any other operating system) where you do so many things. Sometimes, there’s simply not enough time and you need some speed to tackle your daily tasks.

That’s why knowing these will definitely be of huge help. It gets a little bit hard at the beginning, because you need to remember all (or some) of them and try to make yourself really use these instead of just “knowing” them.

But eventually after a week or so, you will get completely used to it and you’ll notice how much time you save just by using them.

Here’s the list of 22 windows 7 shortcuts worth knowing (I’ve also included a couple of universal shortcuts that work on XP and Vista too):

Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel
Change the size of icons on the desktop

Windows logo key + Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Ctrl + Windows logo key +Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Windows logo key + T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Windows logo key + Spacebar
Preview the desktop.

Windows logo key + Home
Minimize all but the active window.

Windows logo key + Shift+ Left Arrow or Right Arrow
Move a window from one monitor to another.

Windows logo key + number (1 for the program that is nearest to start button, 2 for second nearest and so on…)
Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Shift + Windows logo key + number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt + Windows logo key + number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Ctrl + Windows logo key + number
Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Quick Direct launch of Task Manager ( no need for ctrl+alt+del and then choose Task Manager from the list. This starts it automatically.)

Windows logo key + P
Choose a presentation display mode

Windows logo key + D
Shift to Desktop / Minimize all windows

Ctrl + W
Close the current window

Ctrl + Shift + N
Create a new folder

Shift (when you insert a CD)
Prevent the CD from automatically playing

Right or Left Ctrl+Shift
Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages

Windows logo key + M
Minimize all windows.

Windows logo key + Shift + M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop.

Windows logo key + L
Lock your Computer or switch user

Shift + Delete
Permanently Delete the selected item without moving to the Recycle Bin (be careful with this one)

If you use a shortcut that you think is very useful, share with us in the comments below (except those like ctrl+c… I guess pretty much everyone uses them).

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12 Responses
  • bsspewer Reply

    It’s not CTRL + Windows Key + Tab. Just Windows Key + Tab. CTRL is not needed…

  • GenniCe Reply

    Thanks for adding that one. Yes, that is shorter and maybe even easier to use.

    But CTRL + Windows Key + Tab will let you use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D without needing to hold Windows Key while you’re cycling.

    And when you use only Windows Key + Tab, you need to hold down Windows Key and cycle through programs.

    So the only difference here is:

    Using only Windows Key + Tab:
    If you release Windows Key, it goes back to normal view.

    Using CTRL + Windows Key + Tab:
    It goes to Aero Flip 3-D view and even if you release all keyboard buttons, it still stays in Aero Flip 3-D. Until you decide which program to go to.

    I hope that’s not confusing… :)

    Anyway, you can use both of them, and the second one (Windows Key + Tab) might be simpler and faster for most people.

  • thameera Reply

    Windows Logo + Up/Down => Maximize / Minimize current window

  • Broken Reply

    CTRL+N – Opens a new instance of the same application(or folder) that is currently running. (Found that out from CTRL+Shift+N)

  • Rob Reply

    Win + (Left/Right) Snaps the current window to the left/right

  • Mike Reply

    Win + D is a toggle so using it again restores the window you were in and brings it back in focus if a reduced window like Skype.

  • Mike Reply

    also when using Win + P and you select duplicate when you have dual screens of different sizes (I have 1920 x 1080 plus 1280 x 1024) the screen resolution changes to same settings and the picture on the large screen is not the same. Selecting “extend” restores the settings, fortunately.

    • Dennis Reply

      Thanks for adding that one, Mike! ;)

  • vanchula Reply

    thanks……

  • Samson Reply

    What is the shortcut used to assign a desktop background?, It’s a three button configuration shortcut that I’ve forgotten. Hopefully you guys can present an answer !

  • mrdude Reply

    excellent information, much appreciated !

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