Monday, October 5, 2009

Windows 7 Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

Windows 7 added some useful shortcut keys and mouse shortcuts.


Window

The following keys affect the current window. They works only if Aero Snap is enabled which is enabled by default. If yours is somehow disabled, go to Ease of Access Center -> Make the mouse easier to use –> clear the “Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen" checkbox.

  • Win+Up: Maximize window (if it can be maximized).
  • Win+Down: Restore window if it is currently maximized, or minimize if it is not currently maximized.
  • Win+Shift+Up or Double-click the top border: Maximize window vertically.
  • Win+Shift+Left / Right: Move window to the another monitor.
  • Win+Left: Dock to the left of the screen, press this repeatedly to cycle the window through different monitors.
  • Win+Right: Dock to the right of the screen, press this repeatedly to cycle the window through different monitors.
  • Win+Spacebar = Take a peek at the desktop.
  • Win+Home = Minimize all other windows except the current window. Press again to undo.

Taskbar

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can press Win+T to focus the taskbar. You can do these when the taskbar has the keyboard focus:

  • Left or Right arrow: move between tasks.
  • Home: focus the first task button. Works only in Windows 7.
  • End: focus the last task button. Works only in Windows 7.
  • Press the first letter of a task title: That task button will be focused.
  • Up arrow: focus the Aero Peek window. When you are at a Aero Peek window, you can press left/right/home/end to move around. Press down arrow or Esc to focus back to the task button.
  • Enter or Spacebar: switch to the selected task.

Tray

Press Win+B to focus the tray. Then:
    • Left or Right arrow: move between icons.
    • Press the first letter of a icon tooltip: That icon will be focused. The tooltip is the text that appears when you hover a tray icon with the mouse.
    • Enter or Spacebar: this is the same as double-clicking the icon.
    • Drag a tray icon from the taskbar and drop it outside the taskbar: this will hide that tray icon from the taskbar, unless it has notifications.
    • Drag a icon from the hidden icon box to the taskbar: this will show that tray icon on the taskbar, making it always visible.

  • Taskbar Favorites

    Press Win+<Number> to open task quickly. For example: press Win+1 to open the first program on the taskbar. Press Win+0 to open the 10th program on the taskbar. These key combinations are called Taskbar Favorites, some models of Microsoft keyboard have actually included hotkeys just for these.

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