Ten hidden keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7

By | May 30, 2011

Shortcuts can make life very easy. For people who are used to keyboard shortcuts, Windows 7 have loads of them. If you use keyboard shortcuts a lot, you “might” find yourself getting a little lazy after a while, but there is no harm in learning them and committing some of them to memory! Here are some of the more widely used Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.

1) Ctrl + Shift + N: This shortcut enables one to create a new folder without any difficulty. Just press the keys directly and a new folder is created. There is no need for right clicking the mouse button, then going to the New option, and then clicking on the New Folder option.

Control + Shift + N

2) Shift + Right-Click: This keyboard shortcut enables one to enhance the send option directly which comes on the Right Click. It saves time in the way that the user does not have to go to select the Send option in order to enhance it.

Shift right click in Windows 7

3) Windows key + Space: This shortcut quickly shows the present desktop at once. It is a simple and quick way of viewing the desktop without having to do much. Just press the Windows key and the Space bar key simultaneously, and the desktop appears at once.

4) Windows key + Up/Left/Right/Down: This shortcut is used for moving the active window. Herein the Windows key is pressed simultaneously with the navigation keys. When the UP key is pressed the active window is maximized, and the DOWN key restores down the active window. LEFT and RIGHT keys move the active window left and right respectively.

5) Windows key + T: This shortcut is very helpful for quickly going to the taskbar. As the combination is pressed, the control is directly transferred to the taskbar and then by using the navigation keys, the desired option on the taskbar can be selected.

Windows key plus T key

6) Shift + Click: When one presses the Shift + Click on the taskbar application which is already open then another window is opened for that application. For example, if someone has opened Internet Explorer and wants another window, they just press the combination above and a new window will open.

7) Windows key + B: This shortcut enables one to shift control directly to the system tray. Thereafter, accessing the options on the system tray becomes real easy. Once the combination above is pressed, you can access the options on the system tray simply by using the navigation keys.

8) Windows key + 1, Windows key + 2: This shortcut helps one to open the options on the taskbar by simply pressing the Windows key and the order number of the option on the taskbar. For example if IE comes on the 3rd option on taskbar, then to open it, press “Windows key + 3”.

9) Windows key + Pause: This shortcut helps one to check the system properties at once. This is very helpful in the sense that one does not have to search manually to view the system properties.

Windows 7 system properties

10) Ctrl + Shift + Esc: This shortcut combination simply opens the task manager directly.

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