Windows 7 hotkey cheat sheet

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Windows 7 hotkey cheat sheet

Postby MattMan » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:33 am

Got yourself a shiny new Windows 7 install? Here's a little cheat sheet for some of the handy new hotkey combinations.
Win+DownRestore / Minimize
Win+LeftSnap to left
Win+RightSnap to right
Win+Shift+LeftJump to left monitor
Win+Shift+RightJump to right monitor
Win+HomeMinimize / Restore all other windows
Win+TFocus the first taskbar entry
Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can arrow around.Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.
Win+SpacePeek at the desktop
Win+GBring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
Win+PExternal display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)
Win+XMobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)
Win+#(# = a number key)Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the taskbar.Example: Win+1 launches first pinned app, Win+2 launches second, etc.
Win + +Win + -(plus or minus key)Zoom in or out.
Windows Explorer
Alt+PShow/hide Preview Pane
Taskbar modifiers
Shift + Click on iconOpen a new instance
Middle click on iconOpen a new instance
Ctrl + Shift + Click on iconOpen a new instance with Admin privileges
Shift + Right-click on iconShow window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc)Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu
Shift + Right-click on grouped iconMenu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.
Ctrl + Click on grouped iconCycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group
Note that this list focuses on stuff that’s specific to Windows 7 For a complete listof Windows Vista hotkeys (which should be largely unchanged except where noted above), visit this page on

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