Shortcut keys for Windows 7

Getting familiar with or mastering the keyboard shortcuts not only help you to get the work done faster, but also increases your productivity. In case you rely completely on Windows 7 for all your business and personal work then it’s very much important to know these shortcuts. There are hundreds of shortcuts available for Windows 7, but it’s difficult to remember all of them. Hence, here are some of the important and frequently used Keyboard Shortcuts you might want to check out.

General Shortcuts for Windows 7


Key Combination

To Maximize the current Window Windows  + Up arrow
Restore down or minimize current Window Windows  + Down arrow
Minimize the current Window Windows  + Home
Open System Properties Windows  + Pause or Break
Move focus to notification tray Windows  + B
Windows Explorer is launched Windows  + E
Bring all gadgets on top and foreground Windows  + G
Open the projection menu Windows  + P
Cycle through taskbar programs Windows  + T
Opens the Active Directory Find Computers dialog Windows  + Ctrl + F
Opens a pinned taskbar icon to cycle through the program’s open on Windows Ctrl + Click
Select multiple individual items in a Window or on the desktop Ctrl + Arrow + Spacebar
Open Task Manager directly Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Turn Mouse Keys on and off Left-Alt + left-Shift + Num Lock
Drag an item and creates a shortcut for that item in the same folder Ctrl + Shift + Click
Turns Sticky Keys on or off Press Shift 5 times
Turns Filter Keys on or off Hold down right Shift for 8 seconds
Turns ToggleKeys on or off Hold down Num Lock for 5 seconds
Open a new instance of a program Windows + Shift + Click

Shortcuts for Windows Explorer

  • Alt + Up arrow key: To navigate up one folder level
  • Shift + F10: Opens the contextual or “right click” menu for any file / folder
  • Alt + Enter: Opens the file properties to view file size, sharing settings, and creation date etc.
  • F6: Cycles through the objects in the current window.
  • Windows + Shift + ← (Left Arrow): Move current window to the left monitor (used with dual monitors)
  • Windows + Shift + →(right Arrow):  Move current window to the right monitor (useful with dual monitors)

Login and Log out shortcut keys:

  • Win + Right arrow (->) + Enter:  To Shut down your Windows 7
  • Win + Right arrow (->) + Right arrow (->) + R: To restart the system
  • Win + Right arrow (->) + Right arrow (->) + S: Sleep
  • Win + Right arrow (->) + Right arrow (->) + W: To Switch users

Other important shortcuts:

Alt + Space: This combination will open the Windows system menu that is used to maximize (x), minimize (n), close (c), or move (m) the window. This shortcut can also be helpful with window that doesn’t close with the Alt+F4 shortcut like the command window.

Alt + Tab: If you have opened many windows and not sure about which one you need,  then press Alt + Tab to get a quick thumbnail view of all open windows. After which press the Tab key multiple times by holding down the Alt key, until you get to the window you want.

Shift + Delete: This key combination is used to delete the files or any folders from your Windows 7 permanently rather than sending them to the Recycle Bin.

While using this option (Shift + Delete) be careful and make sure you select only those unwanted files to delete. Because, in case you apply these keys on your important files, your files will be deleted permanently from your Windows 7 systems and you cannot even find them in your recycle bin. However, using Remo Recover software you can get back those deleted files easily unless the files are overwritten by new files. The tool can efficiently undeletes all your files from Windows 7, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 8 and other Windows OS versions. Moreover, this tool comes handy to carry out  raw file system recovery on Windows 7 after formatting system. Learn more about it by visiting given link.

Above mentioned are the important shortcuts that are helpful to speed up your work. Beginning you might find these keys as difficult to remember but once you master them you can use your Windows 7 more efficiently and quickly. Try applying these keys whenever you use Windows 7, you will get to know the difference.

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