Get Productive with Window 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

keyboard - OrangeAcid FlickrIf you’re not familiar with window 7 keyboard shortcut then you are missing out on an easy way to be more productive.

With the standard windows 7 keyboard shortcuts you can increase your daily work productivity web surfing significantly. Earlier versions of Windows operating system didn’t offer as many keyboard shortcuts,  but Windows 7 has added a number of new keyboard shortcuts which make managing multiple windows fun and easy. has listed Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts for our readers which we find useful.

Ease of Access keyboard Shortcuts:

Right Shift for eight seconds Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt+Left Shift+PrtScn (or PrtScn) Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt+Left Shift+Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Shift five times Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Num Lock for five seconds Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Win + U Open the Ease of Access Center

Window logo Keyboard Shortcuts:

Win Open or close the Start menu
Win + Pause Display the System Properties dialog box.
Win + D Display the desktop
Win + M Minimize all windows.
Win + Shift + M Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
Win + E Open Computer.
Win + F Search for a file or folder.
Ctrl + Win + F Search for computers (if you’re on a network).
Win + L Lock your computer or switch users.
Win + R Open the Run dialog box.
Win + T Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
Win + Number 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 + Win + number Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl+Win + Number Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt + Win + number Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Win + Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl + Win + Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl + Win + B Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Win + SpaceBar Preview the desktop
Win + Up Arrow Maximize the window.
Win + Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Win + Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen
Win + Down Arrow Minimize the window
Win + Home Minimize all but the active window
Win + Shift+ left Arrow or right Arrow Move a window from one monitor to another.
Win + P Choose a presentation display mode.
Win + G Cycle through gadgets.
Win + U Open Ease of Access Center.
Win + X Open Windows Mobility Center

* Win stands for Windows key button

Dialog Box keyboard Shortcuts:

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for use in dialog boxes.

Ctrl+Tab Move forward through tabs
Ctrl+Shift+Tab Move back through tabs
Tab Move forward through options
Shift+Tab Move back through options
Alt+underlined letter Perform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
Enter Replaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
Spacebar Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow keys Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F1 Display Help
F4 Display the items in the active list
Backspace Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

Window Explorer keyboard Shortcut:

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Explorer windows or folders.

Ctrl+N Open a new window
Ctrl+W Close the current window
Ctrl+Shift+N Create a new folder
End Display the bottom of the active window
Home Display the top of the active window
F11 Maximize or minimize the active window
Ctrl+Period (.) Rotate a picture clockwise
Ctrl+Comma (,) Rotate a picture counter-clockwise
Num Lock+Asterisk (*) on numeric keypad Display all subfolders under the selected folder
Num Lock+Plus Sign (+) on numeric keypad Display the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock+Minus Sign (-) on numeric keypad Collapse the selected folder
Left Arrow Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the parent folder
Alt+Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
Alt+P Display the preview pane
Alt+Left Arrow View the previous folder
Backspace View the previous folder
Right Arrow Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder
Alt+Right Arrow View the next folder
Alt+Up Arrow View the parent folder
Ctrl+Shift+E Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Alt+D Select the address bar
Ctrl+E Select the search box
Ctrl+F Select the search box

For more keyboard shortcuts to stay productive check out’s Browser Keyboard shortcut guide.

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