15 Killer Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts That Might Surprise You

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Killer Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7

One of my personal favorites among the new features that Windows 7 came with was the introduction of some awesome and long awaited keyboard shortcuts. I personally use them as much as I can to save time, and I recommend the practice of using keyboard shortcuts to others too.

This article talks about 15 really cool keyboards shortcuts that are specific to Windows 7. I can bet that you don’t know all of them. Check them out, some of them will surprise you for sure.

1. Ctrl+Shift+N to Create a New Folder

Create a new folder with a shortcut key

Creating a new folder in Windows explorer is something we all need to do on a frequent basis. And until now, there was no default shortcut key available for this task. But Windows 7 changed that.

You could now use Ctrl+Shift+N to quickly create a new folder in Windows or anywhere on your computer where a folder can be created.

2. Ctrl+Shift+Click to Open a Program As Administrator

run as administrator

There are many instances when just clicking on the icon of the application and opening it doesn’t solve your purpose. You need to right click on it and click on “Run as Administrator” so that you can make the required changes to the app.

In Windows 7, this can be done with a keyboard shortcut. You just need to point your mouse cursor on that program and then click on it while pressing Ctrl+Shift keys to open it as administrator.

3. Shift+Right-Click Enhances Send to Menu

send to menu

The above screenshot shows the default send to menu that I get when I simply right click on a program.

Now, if I press the Shift key, and while having it pressed, I right click on the icon, I get an enhanced send to menu. See the screenshot below to check how it looks.

send to menu enhanced

Nice, isn’t it?

Also check 2 Useful Tools To Add Items & Customize the Windows Right Click Menu.

4. Shift+Right-Click on a Folder to Open Command Prompt

open command windows

If you do Shift+right-click on a folder, you’ll find an option that says “Open command windows here.” If you love working with the command prompt, this option should come in handy.

5. Win+Space to Quickly Show Desktop

Remember our quick tip on hiding open windows in windows 7 ? Well, this is the keyboard shortcut version of that mouse cursor trick. Pressing the Win key and the space bar simultaneously shows you the desktop immediately.

6. Win+Up/Down/Left/Right for Moving the Active Window

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Create a new folder with a shortcut key

If you intend to quickly move the active window to make space for other apps, you could do that by using the Win key and one of the arrow keys. Each arrow key would move the window in the direction it is meant to.

7. For Dual Monitors: Win+Shift+Left Arrow Key to Move Active Window to Left Monitor

If you are on a dual monitor setup using Windows 7 then you could press the Win+Shift+Left arrow key combination to move the active application window to the left monitor.

8. For Dual Monitors: Win+Shift+Right Arrow Key to Move Active Window to Right Monitor

Similarly, if you need to move the current window to the right monitor screen, just press Win+Shift+right arrow key.

9. Win+T to Get to Taskbar Items

windows 7 taskbar

You could use the key combination Win+T to toggle through the applications pinned on the taskbar in Windows 7.

10. Shift+Click on a Taskbar App to Open a New Instance of the App

Let’s say you’ve got a bunch of Chrome windows open. And you need to quickly open a new blank window of the browser. Here’s the way – point your cursor to the chrome icon on the taskbar, hit Shift and click on it. There you go!

11. Win+B to Move Focus to the System Tray

system tray

In a previous article, we talked about a technique to add more clocks to the default Windows clock in the system tray. Now, if you need to get there without using your mouse cursor, how’d you do that?

Answer – Win+B. That would move the focus on the system tray, and then you could use the arrow keys to cycle through the items, including the Windows clock.

12. Win+P for Quickly Connecting Your Laptop to a Projector

projection menu windows 7

Windows 7 has a nifty projection menu feature which enables you to quickly connect your laptop to a projector or an extended monitor. Win+P is the keyboard shortcut for that purpose.

13. Win+1, Win+2..so on for Opening Taskbar Programs

Want to quickly open a program that’s pinned to your Windows 7 taskbar? You can press the Win key and the number corresponding to the location of the app on the taskbar.

14. Win+Pause helps you check System Properties

system properties

Need to take a quick look at what’s the processor model you are using, or may be check the device manager, or advanced system settings? You could use Win+pause key combination to open the system properties window.

15. Ctrl+Shift+Esc Can Quickly Open Windows Task Manager

I think this was in Vista too, I am not sure. But it’s a cool shortcut nevertheless. Just press the Ctrl key, Shift key and the ESC key simultaneously and you have the task manager pop up right in front!

So that was about the amazing Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts. I hope you find them useful. In fact, learn them if you are on Windows 7. That’s what I did and it has helped a great deal. If I’ve missed a cool shortcut, do share that in the comments.

Now, if you are on Windows XP, and would love to get some these shortcuts that are relevant to XP, we’ll have you covered tomorrow. We will tell you how you could get some of the above shortcuts working on XP. Stay tuned!

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  • http://absurditiesabounding.blogspot.com J Rob

    Ctrl+Shift+Esc also brings up Task Manager in Windows XP … it’s a keyboard shortcut classic!

    • pranav

      This trick even works on Windows xp, Windows server.. :-)



  • http://rleahy.ca Robert L.

    WIN+PAUSE has been a shortcut since at the very least XP…

    …don’t have a 2K machine to test on at the moment…

    • Efreak

      win+pause has been a shortcut since at least windows 98, actually, and probably windows 95. Not sure about 3.x or before

  • Ron

    Here is a simple shortcut to go to run:”win+R” ..I need it coz run is nt easyly found in windows 7..I knw this is an old shortcut,bt this for new users..Thank you

    • Elliott

      You can type a command in the Start Menu search box. Press Windows Key once and then type. No mousing needed.

  • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

    Windows + Pause has been around since XP too.
    And added to the Taskman shortcut (from XP as J Rob said) Ctrl + Esc opens the start menu.

    • http://www.sharonfry.com Sharon

      The Windows key alone also opens the Start menu. Combine this with the Search box and you can launch programs with just a few keys. For example, Windows – e – x – c – Enter could launch Microsoft Excel.

  • Becki

    You can also just right click on the bar at the bottom and choose “Start Task Manager”

    • Abhijeet

      Yes, that’s right, but the point of this post is to eliminate clicks as much as possible. Hitting Ctrl+Shift+Esc would be faster than that process.

  • http://cutsdasm.adventisthost.org David Mqehlana

    cool shortcuts hey, also try Win+tab to switch between applications, works best in ultimate, it was in vista too

    • Moron!

      Win+Tab has been a shortcut since win 98

      • David Mqehlana

        Yes, but it has been enhanced here, it make it look very nice and modern, with animations of windows flying a you press win+tab

        • Jay

          Before Vista, there was only Alt+tab. Now since Vista there’s both alt+tab which is basic window switching using previews and title bars, and Win+tab which is a cooler looking window switcher using the Aero interface introduced in Vista.

  • Jo

    I’m mostly using Ctrl+S or Ctrl+Q to save or quit on the documents that I’m working on. Thank you for sharing this very useful tips!

  • Brian

    My keyboard doesnt have a pause button :(

    • Jay

      If you have a “Break” button you can try that instead. I believe they do the same thing, as they are the same key on a standard keyboard.

      • Brian

        Yeah, my laptop doesn’t have that either. It’s the only key that i really miss off a regular keyboard.

  • http://www.webrotate360.com webrotate360

    So glad that I found your post! Have been so frustrated trying to find a quick way to collapse all windows to switch to win7’s desktop. Used taskbar’s toolbar button on xp/win2000 which seem to be removed in win7. ..

    • ElliottKyle

      Windows Key + D Minimizes all apps and shows the desktop.

      • http://twitter.com/eibhrum Abram Limpin

        Windows Key + M as well!

        • WigglyFace

          works in XPsp2. Win + M minimizes all while Win + D is a toggle to show/unshow desktop

  • Hassan Shah

    In windows xp task manager is brought up by the Ctrl+Alt+Delete Key….. well most people use that….

    • Richard

      Ctrl+Alt+Esc works to quickly bring up the Task Manager in XP as well.

    • Coraphsie

      Depending on your Windows OS, CTRL+ALT+DEL is associated more with accessing logging on to the system rather than bringing up the task manager. Windows 7 lets you get to the task manager this way, but isn’t as fast as CTRL+SHIFT+ESC

  • Arpan

    Thanks Very Cool Shotcuts

  • Riedhwaan

    Hi there. Thanks for the useful tips.

  • http://virgintech.org Shahab khan

    Nice list of shortcuts specially the shortcut no. 10 to 13.

  • Vijay

    I already knew some… 😉

  • http://www.habilbozali.com habil Bozali

    Thank you for sharing this very useful tips!

  • steve

    Here’s an interesting one I found by pure accident today:


    I suggest you try it – I won’t ruin the surprise :)

    I had to search online (with some obvious difficulty) to find the remedy. To revert the change, do the following:


    • Brian

      Yeah i found that one out by accident once too lol. Took me a while to fix it

      • VK

        What is that supposed to do? It doesn’t do anything on mine aside from scrolling up a tad..

        • VK

          oh yuck, never mind, why in the world would that even be a function, I can’t think of why this would be useful.

          • Acabria

            Well, it is VERY useful, if you are trying to see something in a projector that is hanging from the ceiling, since it is upside down, you can change it that way…

    • Techbunnies

      this one is fun to do to ppl also using your wireless conection.. but i tried it on my husbands computer while he was out of the room about a year ago just after we where married and it doesnt work on his computer :(

      p.s. i tried agan just now nothing sadness he’d be helpless

    • puppydude09

      CTRL + ALT + LEFT OR RIGHT ARROW also works

    • Matthew Dickinson

      Doesn’t seem to do anything for me. neither does Windows+Space

    • MyNameIsLOS

      Did this to every computer in a lab in high school once. Took the “network support” tool three days to figure it out.

  • http://www.yaxislive.com Rajesh Kumar

    Not great enough reasons to buy upgrade from xp.

    • Techbunnies

      i skipped vista too i hated xp ( my father convinced me it was okay.. it was not.) but so far i like win7

  • http://rustholkarhu.fi Aleksi Rustholkarhu

    Thank you for the tips! I thought I knew all of them but you had a couple new ones.

  • Alex Baroutsos

    Nice shortcuts – I misread the one comment and pressed [WIN] + [+] accidentally.
    It zooms into the screen to quite a degree, use [WIN] + [-] to zoom back out.

    • Brian

      Thats cool!

  • habeautifulmind

    In addition to previous comment Win + Esc closes the magnifier.

    Alt+Up – One folder up in Explorer. Alt+Left/Right – Back or forward in Explorer.

    Win + E brings out Explorer, but i guess it has been on XP too. Since XP or even earlier there is also possibility to create a shortcut key to any program or file via it’s shortcut like Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Key… =)

    Wonder why 3. and 4. doesn’t work?

  • http://habitza.com Deena

    AMAZING blog post! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SICKofitALL


    Thanks for these nice shortcuts !

    About #10, instead of shift+click, you may use a middle click on the taskbar shotcurt to launch a new instance. It works for browser, windows explorer, etc…
    (sorry for bad english)

  • Tarun Chaudhary

    @ SICKofitALL

    I was just about to say this… :)
    you stole my words..

  • http://www.imblog.info Muhammad Adnan

    very nice .. I like shortcuts

  • http://www.etechplanet.com Avi

    Thanks for sharing the most useful shortcuts for windows7.

    You can also find more keyboard shortcuts for Windows7 at below post:

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  • http://www.ClickHereTees.com Funny & Offensive T-Shirts

    These are great! Almost every one of these will be very useful (except the projector one)

    • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

      Actually the projector panel is very useful if you have a laptop. Let’s you quickly set up your dual monitor. Not to mention switching to the projector if you’re using one. I use it at work to hook my laptop to the monitor and then extend my desktop.

      • Brian

        Its not that useful if your laptop already has a projector button though

  • Rohit

    Win+D = go to Desktop (minimizes all open windows)

    Win+D again restores them all back

    Win+M = also Minimizes all open windows

    Win+L = Lock desktop (if you have password-protected screensaver set up)

    Win+F = Find (search)

  • Rohit

    Win+D = go to Desktop (minimizes all open windows)

    Win+D again = unminimizes the windows (restores them)

    Win + M = also Minimizes open windows

    Win+L = Lock desktop (if you have password-protected screensaver set up)

    Win+F = Find (search)



      • Andy

        Shame you cant type/speak!

      • Shogun

        Yeah. Sure, dude.

      • The Dude

        Looks like Borat got ahold of a computer.

      • 正直

        translation: press the windows key and then “U” two times, meaning “UU” and it will initiate the shut down prompt. I don’t have win7 at the moment, so I cannot confirm it’s validity. In WinXP hold the windows key and press the U key to do this same task.

        • kuldeep

          in win7 u can try win+Right arrow +enter your system will shut down

        • Arthur HC

          In Win 7 it brings up Access to Common Tools window.
          Thanks for that one.

      • Barry

        I tried Borats shortcut but it just brings up Ease of Access center.

        • Thamba Ramachandran

          Try one by one
          Press win then right arrow then Enter.

  • deepanshu

    cool shorcuts
    nice site

  • Johnny

    Cool tips. I use several all the time and will use a couple of new ones now.
    Thanks for the post.

  • M L

    Win +E opens windows explorer
    Win +Prt Scr puts a screen shot on the clip board

    Didn’t see these so I thought I would contribute.

    • Coraphise

      Printscreen on it’s own gives a full desktop screenshot.

      If you want just the active window, use Alt + Printscreen.

    • nick

      it actually opens up the computer window win and e

  • asoy

    why Ctrl+Shift+Click to Open a Program As Administrator not work for me?

    • http://www.facebook.com/budi.fajriarzi Budi Fajri Arzi

      oh yeah, same as me

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  • munish

    win+R to open run
    win+tab to see all open programs in a new way…must try it…
    alt+space+x for maximizing
    win+L for switching user
    win+d for showing desktop
    win+m for minimizing all

    • Marc

      In Windows 7 you can also use Win+Up to maximize and Win+Down for restore. A bit easier than Alt+Space+X. Also, these are not keyboard shortcuts but, people might find them useful as well:

      You can double click the title bar to maximize a window (Most versions of Windows)
      Or drag the window to the top of the screen to maximize. (Windows 7)
      Drag window to left/right (Same as Win+Left, Win+Right – Windows 7)
      Shake a window to minimize all windows except for the selected window (repeat to restore windows back – Windows 7)

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  • igeek404

    ALT + F4 //close window
    CTRL+W //close window or tab
    Win+ E //opens explorer

    Is there a shortcut for creating a new document as a text file?

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  • http://www.thetechmedia.com TheTechMedia Team

    Nice tips.

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  • M@rce

    Muy interesante!! algunos aún se aplican en versiones anteriores a W7…
    Pero faltó el más importante : -) ” Ctrl+Alt+Supr = reset”

  • Saurabh Thakur

    15 is already on xp

  • http://www.mytechguide.org Mezanul

    These keyboard shortcuts are really very useful! I knew some of them and learnt some new ones, thanks to you. :)

  • Danny

    Drag & Drop has not been mentioned.

    If the normal function of a drag & drop is to MOVE a file (e.g. between folders within the same drive/partition), CTRL+[drag&drop] will copy the file.

    If the normal function of a drag & drop is to COPY a file (e.g. between folders of different drives/partitions), SHIFT+[drag&drop] will cut & paste the file.

    Despite both situations, ALT+[drag&drop] will create a shortcut of the file in the destination folder.

    Discovered this accidentally 😉

    • InsanePorcupine

      Nice think I’ll start using that shortcut for making shortcuts…. anyway it’s awesome, already knew the other 2 from using editing software.

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  • http://gurushala.net shashank

    awesome tips:)

  • http://www.techdaba.com Shahan

    I don’t use windows anymore (Ubuntu all the way!) But the first shortcut surprised me a lot ‘CTRL+SHIFT+N’ for a new folder amazing 😀

  • Mike K

    The problem with all this is when I’m at work and kvm keyboards don’t have the windows key. They are great shortcuts though when on a normal keyboard.

    Other than Alt-F4 which I use all the time there is the Ctrl-Shift drag on icon to create a shortcut of the program instantly. I use that all the time. It’s not specifc to windows 7 either.

    If you’re not opposed to adding some freeware to your system then the following article will show you how to create any keyboard short you want. http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-create-windows-key-shortcuts-in-vista-7/

  • Dusty

    Thank you this really helps me with what I am doing in in computer networking, saves me plenty of time. Instead of always haveing to minimize multiple windows and bring them back just to find one thing or post somthing.

  • http://www.atlantarealestateinfo.com/ Atlanta Homes

    Love em!

    Like the add new folder.

  • oddgeezer

    In Win 7 how do I move the highlight from one desktop icon to another.

    In previous versions of Windows, I use the arrow keys to move the highlight from one icon to another; I miss that capability.

    • Whoareyou

      just press Win+D to give Desktop keyboard focus and use the arrow keys to highlight icons; you can use SHIFT to select multiple icons, etc.

  • Narayan Joshi

    kooollll tips…..
    want to know if there are other too…

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  • Rasheed
  • http://www.allshortcuts.com TBoy

    Great guide! Here are some more for you: http://www.allshortcuts.com/windows/windows 7

  • Nimeshthakkar

    Where is Win+X (Windows Mobility Center – Win7,8)

    • Sambha_rambha

      Good one dear !!!!
      it provides a lot of options at once

  • rahul jaat

    rahul jaat says it is a good information for me

  • Ander

    > 15. Ctrl+Shift+Esc Can Quickly Windows Task Manager

    Maybe you meant this?:

    15. Ctrl+Shift+Esc Quickly Opens Windows Task Manager

    • http://www.guidingtech.com Abhijeet Mukherjee

      Thanks, fixed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Reid/766827971 Josh Reid

    I am having a problem that seems to happen when I am playing Rift, an mmo game like world of warcraft. When things get hectic, I am hitting some combination of buttons that makes it so that whenever I press a button applications start launching off the toolbar and I can’t turn it off. Anybody know what I am doing and how to turn it off? I have disabled my windows key (through keyboard driver software from within windows). So I don’t think it’s that.

  • Ezechiel

    Huh.. Seems that M$ had to copy … again…
    Most of these shortcuts exist for several years on OS X.

    I laughed at the comment on ctrl+shift+n for a new folder.
    I do this for years on mac.. Like ctrl (command)+n for a new window.

    The good point is that M$ is getting a bit more user friendly, finally.
    Better late than never…

    • maddog

      Dude: Most of these existed for years in older MS products.

      How about a prehistoric 80s limitation of MACs which was finally improved in OSX 10.7.

      Only since 10.7 can you resize a window from ‘any’ corner of a window as opposed to the bottom right area.

      Windows has had this functionality from at least Windows 2.0.

    • Eric

      Mac people think they have everything first.

  • TommyCopeland

    Got another great one: hold windows and tap “tab” to show all open screen’s Mac-style! Click on any window to open that app.

  • Charlie

    CTRK+SHIFT+ESC -> task manager works on W2K and W/XP both. My favourite shorcut

  • http://blog.gelbzucht.de Maik Preßler

    Great list, thx for that!

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  • Mohankr

    guys no one knows this shortcut plzzzzzzzz try this one……….”if there is number of windows open ….do this shortcut WIN+TAB then see the awsem changes !!!!!!!!!!!!
    if u liked it plz like my comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Eric_Podsadowski

      that is great!!!

    • Stuarto

      A real life changer!

    • Dikshant

      I knew that one but whatever i liked your comment

    • http://twitter.com/legmar Matt Legler

      everybody knows that… not that big a deal…

    • Aswanth

      But this will not work on windows 7 home basic

      • MarkF120

        If he’s talking about windows Aero, yes it does, its basically a uber version of alt+tab. I didnt see the keyboard shortcut for right clicking things… that is a mofo to figure out, its: shift+F10

    • Laurence

      I fucking know that

    • Arvind

      not for win8

    • http://amazinguniverse.info/ AmazingUniverse

      that’s a nice one Mohankr …

    • the great one

      done that already if u press window +ctrl+tab try that and remove your hand from the key board

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  • XLenz

    Maybe u guys shud try WIN+E to open “My Computer”… Really convenient for me to access with this…

    • Arthur HC

      Works fine with Win 7

  • Fardeen_khan909

    good dude i have learn somethink this site thx

  • Jiromotulu05

    This is the most an unique page i went to and i finally found something that i have been looking for month and which i would like to give you all a warm aprreciation for your good job that help me to get my answer easily
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  • Dikshants

    Guys try this one –
    If many windows are open at the same time Windows key + Tab
    and shortcut key for ‘RUN’ – windows key + R
    if u liked the shortcuts then plz like my comment!!!!

    • Dr. Hellsing


    • siddiq

      superb.. man gud wrk

    • Rahul singh

      i already know that….

  • saurabh

    not able to enhance send to menu in windows 7..pls help..

  • PatanjaliS

    Just as an example of these, at one contract I was using all my 4 30″ monitors, but often focussing on different apps each day. Over the year of that contract I saved dozens of hours of window setup using just:
    – Win+Left|Right to select which half of a monitor to use
    – Win+shift+Left|Right to place the window on the required monitor.

    Even now to get two IE 9 sessions side by side on a 30″, I open one IE session, Win+Right, Ctrl+N (for another session), Win+Left.

    In the right session I open a news site with all its links, and drag a link to the left session to view the article. It bypasses a lot Back button redraws and associated time.

    PS. What’s with the spruiking for Likes? Do you need to be acknowledged for every little thing you do? It distracts from (even overtakes) what you have actually ‘given’.

  • Borhan

    You can do the browsing different window more easily by pressing Window key+move the balls of your mouse up & down (don’t need to use tabs,which is only up ) .

    thumbs up if you like this new update

  • Borhan

    Sorry one edit– Press Window key+ tab ,then release the tab and view different pages with mouse ball up & down

  • Acabria

    The coolest shortcut ever: in the command line type: shutdown -t -10 (in 10 seconds your computer will shut down no matter how many things you’ve got open…

    • mcvane

      This shortcut existed way in the Windows NT Server days and Windows 2000. I have to make a correction on this one for you;

      shutdown -s -t 10 (no dash before the 10). You could also try:

      shutdown -r -t 10 This will restart your computer in 10 seconds.

      This is a great tool for administrators who need to remotely restart servers.

    • ashi

      where is the command line…..??????????

      • http://www.facebook.com/budi.fajriarzi Budi Fajri Arzi

        press the windows button and type “cmd”, it means cmd same as command prompt

      • Chris

        WIN+R then type cmd

  • Googlemaster2222

    a friend told me this one, try this:
    press ctrl 3 times then shift twice, wait 3 seconds then type ‘WINDOWS ENGAGED’ all capital letter.
    You’re up for a good surprise.

  • cha

    cool…… they just killed me

  • Aasha Nayak2008

    very nice and very usufull they are al working

  • A.Nim

    Love the Windows + Tab carousel, excellent!

  • Hites Parihar

    Dear Friend ,

    Please Use Alt + ESC and see …….

    • http://www.facebook.com/budi.fajriarzi Budi Fajri Arzi

      i’m not really understand with it, but please tell to me what you mean about Alt + Esc

      • http://www.facebook.com/budi.fajriarzi Budi Fajri Arzi

        owh, thanks man, i’ve got the answer. really convenient for me. thanks !

      • Rajeev Singh


    • http://www.facebook.com/budi.fajriarzi Budi Fajri Arzi

      it’s better than win + tab :)

    • Sujith Abraham

      It switches (or swaps) between two windows.

      You can select first window from the taskbar, then click on the second one. Use [Alt]+[ESC] it will alternate between the first and second windows.

      Nice one. I didn’t knew it before. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shabutie

    Ctrl+shift+esc has was in xp im pretty sure. I definitely recall using it before 7 and i didnt use vista much at all.

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  • octipk

    Thanks dude, Its help me a lot

  • shubham

    i liked it

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  • Anna

    Nice! Didn’t know the New Folder one!

  • anu

    these r veyy useful

  • aida

    Awesome !
    ThanX a lot!

  • jepoyz

    i guess no one mentioned about alt+f4 – very convenient try it

  • Xavier

    Alt + F4 = close window, but if initiated on the desktop it will bring up the shutdown prompt.

  • Whew257

    This was ever so helpful. I’ve been asking the IT people at my job and THEY couldn’t even tell me how to quickly get to the desktop when there are multiple windows open! Thanks!

  • sanjaybadarda

    1. Managing ‘Windows’ in Windows 7

    Move and Resize Active WindowWin+Arrow DownSet window to Restored (if Maximized) or Minimized (if Restored)Win+Arrow UpMaximize window (if Restored)Win+Shift+Arrow Down/Win+Shift+Arrow UpMaximize Restored window vertically / Restore window to previous stateWin+Arrow Right/Win+Arrow LeftMove Restored window to left/center/right. Works across multiple monitorsWin+Shift+Arrow Right/Win+Shift+Arrow LeftMove window to left monitor / to right monitor when using multiple monitorsAlt+SpaceOpens the title bar menuAlt+Space+EnterRestore WindowAlt+Space+xMaximize WindowAlt+Space+nMinimize WindowF11Turn full page view on or off’Maximized’ means full screen, ‘Restored’ means variable window size, and ‘Minimized’ means minimized to taskbar.

    Switch between ApplicationsAlt+tab,
    alt+Shift+TabCycles through open programs in taskbar. Hold alt and continuously press tab to move forward between applications. Release keys to switch to application selected. Add shift to reverse direction.Alt+Ctrl+tab, then usearrow keys to select applicationCycles through open programs in taskbar without needing to hold alt continuously. Pressalt+ctrl+tab once, then continue with arrow keys and press enter on application.Alt+Esc/Alt+Shift+EscCycle through programs on taskbar in the order they were opened or accessedWin+TabCycle through programs using Aero Flip 3DCtrl+Win+TabCycle through programs on Taskbar using Aero Flip 3DWin+gCycle through Gadget Window

    Manage Multiple WindowsWin+dMinimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous stateWin+mMinimize all windows on current MonitorWin+Shift+mRestore previously minimized windows on current MonitorWin+HomeSet all windows to Minimized on current Monitor except activeWin+SpacePreview Desktop / make windows transparent (May not work with all Settings)

    ▲ up2. Accessing Windows FeaturesWin+eStart Windows Explorer (in My Computer)Win+rOpen the Run windowWin+fOpen Windows Search. f3 on empty desktop works, too.Win+lLock the keyboard/ computerWin+F1Display Windows HelpAlt+ShiftChange keyboard language layout if multiple language layouts are active*shift when inserting CD or DVDPrevent CD or DVD from automatically playingWin+pChoose Presentation Display ModeWin+xOpen Mobility Center* When working with multiple Keyboards Layouts (e.g. Spanish/English/German). Add unlimited Layouts under Regional settings and activate language bar in Taskbar to see current language. Switch with shortcut any time.

    ▲ up3. Windows 7 Taskbarwin or ctrl+EscActivate Start Button. Then use arrow keys, space and enter to navigate within Start MenuWin+tGo to first item in taskbar, continue with arrow keysWin+bGo to first item in system trayShift+click on a taskbar itemStart new instance of taskbar itemCtrl+Shift+click on a taskbar itemStart new instance of taskbar item as administratorShift+right-click on a taskbar itemShow the window menu for the programWin+1…9Switch to application in position N on taskbar (or launch pinned application)Shift+Win+1…9Start new instance of taskbar item in position N on taskbarUnfortunately, Microsoft removed the possibility to select multiple taskbar items in Windows 7

    ▲ up4. Navigating DesktopArrow KeysNavigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop)Home/EndSelect first / select last object on desktopEnterLaunch active iconShift+F10Activate context menu of active icon by simulates right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to select itemtab, shift+tab on empty desktopNavigate between desktop, the quick-launch bar, task bar and notification bar. Then usearrow keys and enter or space to activate specific iconsa, b, c, …Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter

    ▲ up5. Windows Explorer

    BasicsWin+eStart Windows Explorer (My Computer)Alt+Arrow UpGo up one folderAlt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow RightGo to previous folder / go to next folderTab/Shift+TabSwitch focus forward/ backward between Address bar, Search Bar, Toolbar, Navigation Pane, and File List (Default is usually File List)Alt+d or f4Jump to the Address bar and select absolute address. Copy address with ctrl+c if desiredCtrl+e or ctrl+fJump to Search Box in ExplorerCtrl+nOpen new instance of Windows ExplorerF11Maximize window

    Navigate File List and Navigation PaneArrow KeysNavigate between files and foldersEnterOpen folder or start applicationHome/EndJump to first / jump to last itemF2Change the file name of active itemf2, then arrow left/Arrow RightMove one character to the left / to the right in item namef2, thenctrl+Arrow Left/Ctrl+Arrow RightJump one word to the left / to the right of item namef2, then home /EndJump to beginning / jump to end of item namef2, then ctrl+aSelect complete object name including suffix (default excludes suffix)Arrow Left/Arrow RightExpand folder / collapse folder (navigation pane only)

    File ListAlt+pDisplay or hide Preview PaneAlt+v then dView details. Check View menu for more optionsAlt+v then xView extra-large icons. Check View menu for more optionsCtrl+mouse scroll wheelChange size of icons

    Select Items in File List and Navigation PaneShift+Arrow Up/Arrow DownSelect multiple adjacent items (directly above or below)ctrl with arrow keys andspaceSelect multiple non-adjacent items. Hold ctrl, use arrow keys to move to next item, and press space to add/remove from selectionCtrl+aSelect alla …z and 1..9Press the initial letter any item to jump to it. Continue typing the full name if multiple items start with the same letter

    Manipulate Items in ExplorerCtrl+c, ctrl+x, ctrl+vctrl+c for copy, ctrl+x for cut and ctrl+v for pasteCtrl+zUndo an actionCtrl+yRedo an actionDeleteDelete an item and place it into the Recycle BinShift+DeleteDelete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle BinShift+F10Activate context menu of active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keys, a-z and enter to get to the selectionCtrl+Shift+nCreate new folderAlt+EnterOpen Properties dialog box

    ▲ up6. Photo ViewerArrow Left/Arrow RightGo to next / go to previous photoCtrl+.Rotate photo clockwiseCtrl+,Rotate photo counter-clockwise[+]/-Zoom in / zoom out (or mouse wheel)Ctrl+0 (zero)Fit to WindowDeleteDelete current photoShift+DeletePermanently delete current photoAlt+EnterShow properties of current photoAlt+e or ctrl+sEmail current photoCtrl+cCopy current photo file to clipboardAlt+oOpen current photo in other application (e.g. Paint of Office)

    ▲ up7. Dialog BoxesCtrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+TabMove forward / move backwards through tabsTab/Shift+TabMove forward / move backwards through optionsAlt+underlined letterPerform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letterEnterReplaces clicking the mouse for many selected commandsSpaceSelect or clear the check box if the active option is a check boxArrow KeysSelect a button if the active option is a group of option buttonsF4Display the items in the active listBackspaceOpen a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

    ▲ up8. Windows Admin

    Admin TasksCtrl+Win+fSearch for Computers (with Active Directory activated)Win+pause/breakDisplay System Properties which holds system properties, computer name, device manager and so onCtrl+Shift+EscOpens Windows Task Manager

    Remote DesktopAlt+Page Up/Alt+Page DownMove between programs from left to right / from right to leftAlt+InsertCycle through programs in the order that they were started inAlt+HomeDisplay the Start menuCtrl+Alt+pause/breakSwitch between a window and full screenCtrl+Alt+EndDisplay the Windows Security dialog boxAlt+DeleteDisplay the system menu

    ▲ up9. Windows HelpTabMove between linksAlt+cDisplay the Table of ContentsAlt+nDisplay the Connection Settings menuF10Display the Options menuAlt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow RightMove back / move forward to the previously/ next viewed topicAlt+aDisplay the customer support pageAlt+HomeDisplay the Help and Support home pageHome/EndMove to the beginning / to the end of a topicCtrl+fSearch the current topic. Press tab to leaveCtrl+pPrint a topicF3Move the cursor to the search box. Press tab to leave

    ▲ up10. Ease of Access and Magnifier

    Ease of AccessWin+uOpen Ease of Access CenterPress shift five times.Turn Sticky Keys on or offPress num lock for five secondsTurn Toggle Keys on or offRight shift for eight secondsTurn Filter Keys on or offleft alt + left shift+Num LockTurn Mouse Keys on or offleft alt + left shift + prtScnTurn High Contract on or off (Careful, will change theme!)

    MagnifierWin+[+]Start Magnifier and zoom inWin+-Zoom out with Magnifier activeCtrl+Alt+iInvert colors in Magnifier displayWin+EscExit MagnifierCtrl+Alt+Arrow KeysMove the Magnifier windowsNote: Microsoft lists more shortcuts for Magnifier, but not all of them seem to work.

  • NOmeth17

    Alt+tab = move between windows, of course you know that.

  • Jehad Hussein
  • Kaushik Chatterjee

    After installing windows 7 my keystrokes have gone haywire. The cursor jumps positions while I am typing. It happened even while I am typing this comment. Another friend has the similar situation. How to resolve this?

  • AKU

    Killer Keys in ON/OFF

    • DIA

      is not in !

  • mcvane

    Ezechiel: Don’t accuse M$ of copying, when up til OSX Lion, it appeared that Mac users couldn’t resize windows from anywhere except for the bottom right hand corner of the screen (diagonally). Now, Apple has copied Microsoft in that you can resize windows from any corner of a particular window. Having competition actually ‘innovates’ things and copying or no copying, any company will do it to make their product better. You can’t copyright a feature, but learn from features and add it to your product. I still find it hard to believe that Apple can sue Samsung for the ‘curvature’ of the Samsung phones being too close to an iPhone. With that, perhaps Dell should sue Apple for using a silver colour on their laptops, as my Dell laptop has the same colour…

  • cataliingruia

    Thank you very much for the info. Today I wrote the article “Top 10 Best Productivity Shortcuts for WIndows 7″ and as far as I can see our articles combined make a perfect one 😀

  • santosh

    Nice one i have also a blog and also the same topic , visit my blog .. http://www.sonuandtechnology.blogspot.com

  • tonyboy

    Win+Up/Down will Maximize and Restore/Minimize a window, not placing it to upper nor lower part of a screen!

  • ee1518


    “Now, if you are on Windows XP, and would love to get some these
    shortcuts that are relevant to XP, we’ll have you covered tomorrow. We will tell you how you could get some of the ABOVE shortcuts working on XP. Stay tuned!”

  • Rahul singh


  • Blackwolf234

    ALT+Left or right …….back or forward

    • Blackwolf234

      only works on windows explorer

  • uyghqiriqv

    i already knew that

  • tommhans

    guys, you havent mentioned the most amazing one, F2 for renaming files and folders, jesus christ it saves time if you have to rename a ton of files and you cannot batch them!

  • sakthi


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  • Shariff

    Hey guys, try Alt + f4 and you will see the surprise =D