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Video: New desktop management shortcuts in Windows 7

ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you a cool new set of gestures and shortcuts to help you move, resize, and arrange windows more intelligently.

While the windows metaphor has become well-known and commonplace for users of the Microsoft Windows operating system, Windows 7 has added a few new tricks to the standard windows management toolbox.

In this video, ZDNet's Ed Bott, of Ed Bott's Microsoft Report fame, shows you several new mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts that allow you to move, resize, and otherwise manipulate windows and manage your Windows 7 desktop.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

6 comments
Hershee
Hershee

Love these video demos!!!

mredgar2005
mredgar2005

Thank you, that's pretty useful, actually. Especially while trying to watch porn at work.

Darren B - KC
Darren B - KC

These are some cool interface tricks that I can actually use! Thanks for the video! UPDATE: After trying these tricks, it caused my "Auto Hide the Taskbar" feature to stop working. Even with Auto Hide enabled, the taskbar will not hide and it is always on top of other windows. (No, I don't have the "Keep on top of other windows" option enabled.) The taskbar actually changed from being semi-transparent to solid, as if it was stuck in basic color mode. As soon as I disabled the Auto Hide feature, the semi-transparent Aero style returned to the taskbar. I wonder if that's significant in any way...

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I like the new features explained in the video, but they are going to take some getting used to. What do you think of the new mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts?

Mr_Tech
Mr_Tech

Here is more: Windows key + 1 to Windows Key + 9 will launch your programs on your taskbar. Press Windows key + 1 and if the first icon on your taskbar is Firefox, it will launch. Windows Key + 2 and if the second icon is IE, it will launch. Windows Key + (+ key) will zoom in any area Windows Key + (- key) will zoom out of any area if zoomed in

Aakash Shah
Aakash Shah

If a program, such as Firefox, is already open, then add Shift + Windows key + 1 to open a new instance. Without the shift key, it will simply re-open the existing window. While you can start a program by using Windows key + #, you can also minimize the program by pressing the same key sequence a second time (this only works if you have one window in the program open). However, if you have multiple windows open in an application, you can toggle through each one by keeping the Windows key pressed down and tapping the number key corresponding to the program. To expand the window vertically, you can also double click the top of the title bar (where the cursor turns into an up/down arrow). And my favorite, for people with multiple screens, you can move windows from one screen to another by pressing the Windows key + Shift + right/left key (we no longer need third party software!).

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