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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I'm John and in the daytime I am the Chief Technology Officer of VFTS.NET - a consulting firm that specializes on development and deployment of business solutions created with .NET framework on Windows platform and Windows infrastructure projects. I am a core member of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and I regularly conduct technical sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Cloud and Datacenter Management Technical Expertise but away from any keyboard I spend hours reading books, travel, explore, and being busy with my dog named Floppy.

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