Windows 7 Keyboard Shotcuts

  • Shift+Click a taskbar item: Open a new instance of that application

  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+X –> Windows Mobility Center
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key +U –> Open the Ease of Access Center
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+UP ARROW –> Maximize current window
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+DOWN ARROW –> Restore / Minimize
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+LEFT or RIGHT ARROW –> Snap to left or right of desktop
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+SHIFT+LEFTor RIGHT ARROW –> Jump to left or right monitor
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+HOME –> Minimize / Restore all but active window
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+SPACE –> All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop (Aero Peek)
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+G –> Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+P –> Presentation setting for external display
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+T –> Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+D –> Toggle showing the desktop
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+(+/-) -> Zoom in/out
  • 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 –> Arrow keys cycle programs on the taskbar using Windows Flip 3-D
  • Ctrl + Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+TAB + # (# = a number key) –> Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the taskbar

Shortcuts shared with other versions of windows

  • F1 –> Display Help
  • F2 –> Rename the selected item
  • F3 –> Search for a file or folder
  • F4 –> Display the Address bar list in Windows Explorer
  • F4 –> Display the items in the active list
  • 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
  • SHIFT+F10 –> Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
  • CTRL+F4 –> Close the active document (in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
  • 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
  • CTRL+ALT+TAB –> Use the arrow keys to switch between open items
  • CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel –> Change the size of icons on the desktop
  • 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
  • CTRL+ESC –> Open the Start menu
  • 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
  • ALT+TAB –> Switch between open items
  • ALT+ESC –> Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened
  • ALT+underlined letter –> Display the corresponding menu
  • ALT+underlined letter –> Perform the menu command (or other underlined command)
  • ESC –> Cancel the current task
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC –> Open Task Manager
  • 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
  • SHIFT when you insert a CD –> Prevent the CD from automatically playing  

Dialog Box

  • CTRL+TAB –> Move forward through tabs
  • CTRL+SHIFT+TAB –> Move back through tabs
  • TAB –> Move forward through options
  • SHIFT+TAB  –> Move back 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
  • SPACEBAR –> 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
  • F1 –> Display Help
  • BACKSPACE –> Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box  

Taskbar

  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+T –> Shift focus to and scroll through items on the taskbar
  • Windows logo key Picture of Windows logo key+SHIFT+T –> Cycles backwards
  • SHIFT+Click on icon -> Open a new instance
  • Middle click on icon –> Open a new instance
  • CTRL+SHIFT+Click on icon –> Open a new instance with administrator privileges
  • SHIFT+Right-click on icon –> Show window menu
  • SHIFT+Right-click on grouped icon –> Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.
  • CTRL+Click on grouped icon –> Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group
  • Win+# (# = a number key) –> Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the taskbar

Windows Explorer

  • CTRL+N –> Open a new window
  • END –> Display the bottom of the active window
  • HOME –> Display the top of the active window
  • F11 –> Maximize or minimize the active window
  • NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*) on numeric keypad –> Display all subfolders under the selected folder
  • NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+) on numeric keypad –> Display the contents of the selected folder
  • NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN (-) on numeric keypad –> Collapse the selected folder
  • LEFT ARROW –> Collapse the current selection (if it is expanded), or select the parent folder
  • ALT+LEFT ARROW –> View the previous folder
  • RIGHT ARROW –> Display the current selection (if it is collapsed), or select the first subfolder
  • ALT+RIGHT ARROW –> View the next folder
  • CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel –> Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
  • ALT+D –> Select the Address bar
  • ALT+P –> Show/hide Preview Pane  

Ease of Access

  • RIGHT SHIFT for eight seconds –> Turn Filter Keys on and off
  • LEFT ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (or PRTSCRN) –> Turn High Contrast on or off
  • LEFT ALT+LEFT SHIFT+NUM LOCK –> Turn Mouse Keys on or off
  • SHIFT five times –> Turn Sticky Keys on or off
  • NUM LOCK for five seconds –> Turn Toggle Keys on or off
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