Windows 7: Hotkey Cheat Sheet

This is really cool, from Brandon Paddocks blog @ the list of Windows 7 Hotkey’s. Just another reason to try out Windows 7. 😀


Win+Up = Maximize

Win+Down = Restore / Minimize

Win+Left = Snap to left

Win+Right = Snap to right

Win+Shift+Left = Jump to left monitor

Win+Shift+Right =Jump to right monitor

Win+Home = Minimize / Restore all other windows

Win+T =Focus the first taskbar entry. Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can arrow around. Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.

Win+Space = Peek at the desktop

Win+G =Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order

Win+P = External display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)

Win+X = Mobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)

Win+# = Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the taskbar.

(# = a number key)
Example: Win+1 launches first pinned app, Win+2 launches second, etc.

Win + +  = Zoom in or out.

Win + – = (plus or minus key)


Alt+P = Show/hide Preview Pane

Taskbar modifiers

Shift + Click on icon = Open a new instance

Middle click on icon  =Open a new instance

Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon = Open a new instance with Admin privileges

Shift + Right-click on icon = Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc)

Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu

Shift + Right-click on grouped icon = Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.

Ctrl + Click on grouped icon  =Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group


If you are searching Windows Vista Hotkey’s, go here:


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John is currently creating digital assets that protects people and their future, a technical trainer and a full time geek specializing on development and deployment of innovations created with .NET framework on Windows platform as well as Windows infrastructure projects. He is the primary contact of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and regularly conducts community sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. John owns the Busy Saving The World Techblog.

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