Best Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

by Mistel

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts are one of those little things that can make life 10 times easier. Here is a list of my favourites.

Learn a few quick, easy and handy Windows 7 Shortcuts

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I use my computer a lot, whether I am doing research, writing or just reading intersting article on the internet.

I have found that in order to not be overwhelmed by all the windows I have open at any given time, it is nice to know a few great Windows 7 Shortcuts.

They make it easier for me to work with my computer and even though I am not very tech savvy I find them easy to remember and to use.


Window manipulation shortcuts for Win 7

Manage your windows with ease
  • Windows Key + D: Minimizes all windows, press Windows Key + D again and and they will return to maximized status.
  • Windows Key + M: Minimizes all windows. Difference between this and the above is that pressing Windows Key + M again will not restore the windows to maximized status.
  • Windows Key + Space: All windows becomes transparent until you release the windows key
  • Windows Key + Up Arrow: Maximizes your current active window.
  • Windows Key + Down Arrow: Minimizes your current active window
  • Shift + Windows Key + Left or Right Arrow: Moves your current active window to the monitor on the left or right. (provided you have one of course.)

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More Great Win 7 shortcuts

Navigate your computer faster
  • Windows Key + R: Brings up the Run command prompt
  • Windows Key + E: Brings up Windows Explorer (also sometimes referred to as the "My Computer Folder")
  • Windows Key + Pause: Brings up the System Property Window
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Brings up the Task Manager
  • Windows Key + Plus Sign: Zooms in where you have the mouse pointer
  • Windows Key + Minus Sign: Zooms out

Which of the above is your favorite Win 7 Shortcut?

My Personal Favorite Win 7 Shortcut

I am hard pressed to choose as I use most of the ones listed above on a regular basis, but if I had to pick my favorite Win7 Shortcut it would probably be Windows + D. I often find myself having a lot of applications and other windows open and sometimes it helps your overview if you just minimize everything for a moment.

The Win + Left/Right arrow is also handy for this as you can move windows obstructing your view to your other screen for a moment.

My favourite Windows 7 Shortcut from a fun perspective is the Win + Plus/Minus. I don't know if I am easily entertained, but zooming in multiple times on a specific part of a website amuses me. That being said I can see it coming in handy for people who might have trouble seing smaller details. They can of course also use good old trust Ctlr + Mouse Wheel.


In the end, Windows Shortcuts are just a way to navigate your computer and the content you are working with faster.

Hopefully this article has given you a few more helpful tips and tricks that can speed up your workday ever so slightly.

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Updated: 01/03/2012, Mistel
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