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22 Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts & Hotkeys You Need To Know

Here is a list of 22 Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts that I recommend and use daily. These are huge time savers.

If you’re not shortcut-type of person, and don’t usually use shortcuts when working on your computer, you really need to reconsider that habit now.
At least when it comes to Windows 7 (or any other operating system) where you do so many things. Sometimes, there’s simply not enough time and you need some speed to tackle your daily tasks.
That’s why knowing these will definitely be of huge help. It gets a little bit hard at the beginning, because you need to remember all (or some) of them and try to make yourself really use these instead of just “knowing” them.
But eventually after a week or so, you will get completely used to it and you’ll notice how much time you save just by using them.
Here’s the list of 22 windows 7 shortcuts worth knowing (I’ve also included a couple of universal shortcuts that work on XP and Vista too):

Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel
Change the size of icons on the desktop


Windows logo key + Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D


Ctrl + Windows logo key +Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D


Windows logo key + T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar.


Windows logo key + Spacebar
Preview the desktop.


Windows logo key + Home
Minimize all but the active window.


Windows logo key + Shift+ Left Arrow or Right Arrow
Move a window from one monitor to another.


Windows logo key + number (1 for the program that is nearest to start button, 2 for second nearest and so on…)
Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.


Shift + Windows logo key + number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.


Alt + Windows logo key + number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number


Ctrl + Windows logo key + number
Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number


Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Quick Direct launch of Task Manager ( no need for ctrl+alt+del and then choose Task Manager from the list. This starts it automatically.)


Windows logo key + P
Choose a presentation display mode


Windows logo key + D
Shift to Desktop / Minimize all windows


Ctrl + W
Close the current window


Ctrl + Shift + N
Create a new folder


Shift (when you insert a CD)
Prevent the CD from automatically playing


Right or Left Ctrl+Shift
Change the reading direction of text in right-to-left reading languages


Windows logo key + M
Minimize all windows.


Windows logo key + Shift + M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop.


Windows logo key + L
Lock your Computer or switch user


Shift + Delete
Permanently Delete the selected item without moving to the Recycle Bin (be careful with this one)


If you use a shortcut that you think is very useful, share with us in the comments below (except those like ctrl+c… I guess pretty much everyone uses them).

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