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Quick Tip: The 10 most useful Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

Master these keyboard shortcuts and hit the ground running with Microsoft Windows 7.

Along with Windows 7's new features comes a set of new keyboard shortcuts. This little cheat sheet will help you work more efficiently with the latest version of Windows.

Note: This list is part of Greg Shultz's comprehensive collection of Windows keyboard shortcuts, available as a PDF download.

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28 comments
perukhan
perukhan

Hey Guys... We have been bashing Win 7 for a while... but Let me share something... I saw a 7 year old kid sit on a WIn 7 machine and play with it the other day in a Computer shop and believe me, the kid was able to open a lot of windows... so the person who thought about the keys layout had a mind as open as that of a child,,, Try that on an ubuntu or even Leopard... you cant make that happen... The keys work and some of these listed here do work if you need to press the right ones when the NASDAQ is scrolling and you need to sell :) If you can suggest a better list-- I am open to checking that out as well.. till the Keyboard survives ....

odin21
odin21

The most useful Windows 7 shortcuts are the classic ones: Ctrl + X Ctrl + C Ctrl + V Ctrl + B Ctrl + T Ctrl + P Alt + Tab ETC......

floripaplayer
floripaplayer

I think that Windows 7 sucks with all that messing makeup.

stapleb
stapleb

Apart from Win + L to immediately lock the computer - and I agree with the comment that not enough people to this - I also like Win + D to minimise all windows, or restore them. I notice that Win + D was only mentioned once in the posts - interesting.

sean
sean

The one I use the most and encourage everyone to use at work is WIN + L at least that locks the computer so that no one else can access it :) I make it a habit that whenever I get up from my chair to do this, it is surprising how many people do not lock their computers.

n122vu
n122vu

The [Window]+left/right arrow shortcut for tiling the window makes it possible to tile to the soft edge of an extended-desktop dual display setup. VERY, very useful, something I have been wanting to be able to do on my work laptop since I upgraded. The normal method of tiling (dragging the window to the edge of the screen) obviously doesn't work on the soft edge of a dual display, as it just continues dragging to the other display. If you hit the key combination in the direction of the soft side it will become tiled to that side. Continually hitting the key in the same direction will cycle through all sides of the displays. I will be very quick to pass this on to my users. Thanks again!

techrepublic
techrepublic

WIN + Home does not work for /me WIN + (Up/Down/Left/Right)Arrow also do not work But, i like WIN + T, WIN + 0..9

techrepublic
techrepublic

WIN + Home does not work for /me WIN + LeftArrow also does not work But, i like WIN + T, WIN + 0..9

santeewelding
santeewelding

This to be the analog of lifting pencil to paper, which I am prone to do, still.

BobGeezer
BobGeezer

@odin21 Those aren't Windows shortcuts: those are application shortcuts, available since before Windows..

BGT_DieNoMite
BGT_DieNoMite

With the exception of Windows + Home and Windows + Spacebar, the others are a hassle....who's going to count down a file list to 9 just to use the numeric "shortcuts"? If you want to align a few windows, just whip them to the left or right. Windows + E is also great and all of the standard Ctrl + keys mentioned by odin21.

george
george

yes I agree Win+L is one I use the most , Win+R and Win+E are very close, Win+Home does not work either, Win+spacebar works like Win+D , Thanks for Win+T that ons is new to me, Win+Tab work great also. Again Thanks All.

santeewelding
santeewelding

I got me a feeling about you, and the only two posts of your existence here.

stapleb
stapleb

Well santeewelding it's good to see that the "generic word processor" is still alive and well, and in use.

Nohoshtata
Nohoshtata

to open System Properties has been my favorite across all versions.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

to open Windows Explorer has been my favorite across all versions.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

has been Ctl+Shift+Esc to bring up Taskmanager when it will not open otherwise. Thankfully it still works in Win 7.

groundhog32
groundhog32

Similar to Win+T, I often use Alt+Tab to cycle through open applications.

heckle
heckle

I agree. The single most useful shortcut next to WIN + R

santeewelding
santeewelding

Does Palmetto let be known he is in the building, with shameless self-promotion!

jwildhair
jwildhair

It might not be the one I use the most; it IS the one I appreciate the most when I need it.

MichaelS1117
MichaelS1117

Michael, thank you for posting this. Because I'm still learning, it is one that will come in handy.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

I have been in IT since the olden days when it was called data processing. I too am still learning, the learning makes it so interesting.