20 Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Know

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Monday, December 29, 2008

Windows 7 beta is launched. If you haven’t yet had a look at the Windows 7 Beta, here is our article to help you with that. Now, I have seen many people prefer using keyboard only when working with Windows. Windows 7 developers have kept that in mind and brought in quite a lot of good features accessible from keyboard. Let me put them down as a list.

From Desktop

  1. Windows Key + Tab = Aero [press Tab to cycle between Windows]
  2. Windows Key + E = Windows Explorer is launched.
  3. Windows Key + R = Run Command is launched.
  4. Windows Key + F = Search (which is there in previous Windows versions too)
  5. Windows Key + X = Mobility Center
  6. Windows Key + L = Lock Computer (It is there from the earlier versions as well)
  7. Windows Key + U = Ease of Access
  8. Windows Key + P = Projector
  9. Windows Key + T = Cycle Super Taskbar Items
  10. Windows Key + S = OneNote Screen Clipping Tool [requires OneNote]
  11. Windows Key + M = Minimize All Windows
  12. Windows Key + D = Show/Hide Desktop
  13. Windows Key + Up = Maximize Current Window
  14. Windows Key + Down = Restore Down / Minimize Current Windows
  15. Windows Key + Left = Tile Current Window to the Left
  16. Windows Key + Right = Tile Current Windows to the Right
    [Continue pressing the Left and Right keys to rotate the window as well]
  17. Windows Key + # = Quicklaunch
  18. Windows Key + = = Magnifier

From Windows Explorer

19. Alt + Up = Go up one level
20. Alt + Left/ Right = Back/ Forward

Though some of them are there in previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 has incorporated many of them and have started many afresh.


February 10, 2010: 3:40 am

CTRL + scroll up/down … to zoom in zoom out icons,
Alt + Tab … to switch between windows,
Windows Key + T/Shift T … to cycle icons on taskbar

January 9, 2010: 12:54 am

Extremely useful! Thanks for providing this info!

April 15, 2009: 6:13 pm

I know 9 more! You forgot the new Windows + 1 (Launches the first application on you taskbar, Windows + 2 for the second icon, Windows + 3 for the third etc, etc. :-)

Thanks, Tony.

February 24, 2009: 8:35 am

for those of you sadly missing your Winkey + E Shortcut to bring up the explorer window — you will be enlightened and delighted to know that this functionality has not been replaced by The Libraries window but rather moved over to CTRL - ALT - E - which will now bring up your explorer window with my computer view, showing your harddrives.. slightly different key stroke.. same beloved functionality. Enjoy! took me a few to figure out!

January 19, 2009: 1:51 am

[...] we are at it to make things convenient as much as possible. The other day we wrote an article on 20 Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts which you must have found fruitful. Now here is a chance to equip yourself with more resources. [...]

January 13, 2009: 1:12 am

Windows + Space makes all windows transparent but doesn’t minimize them (same effect as mousing over the box in the right-lower corner of the screen)

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