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I love keyboard shortcuts. Using a combination of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device saves me time and effort both in Windows and other programs.
Here are some of my favorite Windows 7 shortcuts that you may not be familiar with that are great time savers. For a complete list of all shortcuts, check out this page here.
Windows logo key +T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar
Windows logo key +Spacebar
Preview the desktop
Windows logo key +X
Open Windows Mobility Center
Windows logo key +P
Choose a presentation display mode
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
Do you have a favorite that you can’t do without? Share it with us in the comments area.
I like being able to use windows key, u for shutdown, and then the menu remembers the last command which for me is usually shutdown. Would be nice to have something like this.
Crtl - Shift - ESC - Quick Direct launch of Task Manager is one of my favorites, Saves time when I want to check out Services / Application Status / Performance info
Windows logo key + D - Shift to Desktop / Minimize all windows
Windows logo key + F - Open a Search Window..
I love key commands and really like a lot of the ones introduced in Vista. I don't have Windows 7 yet (preordered Pro though!) so I have some questions about possible key board shortcuts.
Is there a keyboard shortcut to cycle through windows within a single application?
Is there a keyboard shortcut to bring up the little window previews on the task bar? and perhaps cycle through them?
Is there a keyboard shortcut for Aero Shake?
How to disable Win+number shortcuts? They have different meaning for me...
Great stuff. I also am a big fan of the Windows + L for lock shortcut. I have been using it since Vista.
No plans for a shake shortcut key but I will mention it to the engineering team next time we chat.
Ctrl-Win+Number is not usable at all. Same thing for Alt-Win-Number.
There must be a single shortcut for cycling through windows of active application. And also popping up the jump list of active application.
We cannot memorize the number of each application on the taskbar. It is useless
Please note the keyboard shortcut brightness controle under fn+f7 and fn+f8 doesnt work any more since i installed windows 7 trial version
Im working on a HP laptop 6735s
Common keyboard shortcuts on the virtual keyboard: