Best Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
If you’re using Windows OS for many years, the coolest features are the keyboard shortcuts. Though you can use mouse for all tasks, making use of keyboard shortcuts gives a feel of an experienced user and also makes usage of some tasks or windows very easy. Similar to Windows XP and Vista, there are some cool windows shortcuts in Windows 7 too.
This post tells you about some of the best Windows 7 shortcuts that you may have been using in earlier Windows OS or you still are not aware of them.
1. Ctrl + Shift + N to create a New Folder.
Whenever you’re using Windows Explorer or My Computer, you always want to create some folders in that window. The above keyboard shortcut gives quick access for creating a new folder.
2. Ctrl+Shift+Click to open a Program as Administrator.
This keyboard shortcut is very useful when you want to open an elevated command prompt i.e with administrator privileges. Just choose any program, and use the above shortcut to open the program as an Administrator. Using Administrator privileges allows the program to make any modifications to your computer.
3. Shift+Right-Click Enhances “Send to” Menu
When you normally click “Send to” option on right click menu, you get some options. But with the above option you’ll get many more options like all the drive names etc.
4. Shift + Right Click on a Folder to Open Command Prompt.
This keyboard shortcut helps you a lot if you’re into programming. If you want to open a command prompt with the path to the required folder, you need to use “cd” and keep changing the directories or you need to type the full path. But using this shortcut you can open the path of the current folder directly.
5. Win+Space to Quickly Show Desktop
This shortcut helps you the missing link for showing the desktop and is very easy.
6. Win+Up/Down/Left/Right for Moving the Active Window
This option will make the windows move in the direction of the keys. For eg. Win + Left key will make the window to the left of the screen. Win+Up will maximize the window.
7. For Dual Monitors: Win+Shift+Left Arrow Key to Move Active Window to Left Monitor
8. For Dual Monitors: Win+Shift+Right Arrow Key to Move Active Window to Right Monitor
9. Win+T to Get to Taskbar Items
If you want to directly access the taskbar applications, this shortcut is very useful.
10. Shift+Click on a Taskbar App to Open a New Instance of the App
11. Win+B to Move Focus to the System Tray
If you want to get your focus to system tray directly use this option.
12. Win+P for Quickly Connecting Your Laptop to a Projector
13. Win+1, Win+2..so on for Opening Taskbar Programs
If you want to open task bar programs using the numbers with the win key, giving 1 to the first task bar program and 2 to the next program etc.
14. Win+Pause helps you check System Properties
If you want to open the system properties window to check Windows Experience Index, computer name, Work group, system type, installed memory etc and want to know whether your system is fully activated and genuine use this option.
15. Ctrl+Shift+Esc Can Quickly Windows Task Manager
If you quickly want to get access to the performance in task manager, cpu utilizations or kill any task etc. you can quickly use the above shortcut to bring Task Manager to your fingertips.
In addition to these wonderful keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7, there are still many more of earlier OS like XP and Vista that are much more useful. I’ll try to give those shortcuts in next posts.
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