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Windows 7 improved window management using the keyboard (hotkeys)

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You have probably heard already how Windows 7 simplifies and aids window management by letting you move and dock windows using the mouse, for example, dragging a window to the top edge will maximize it, or clicking on the right bottom corner will show the desktop. Now, you can do all this and many others using some equally useful keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys).

Brandon Paddock, who is one of Windows 7 Explorer developers, recently posted a complete list of Windows 7 hotkeys which I have copied below. I have also highlighted those which I believe are most useful and probably golden time-savers if you get to incorporate them into your day to day usage (though you will first need to use W7 as your primary OS for that).

Windows 7 Show desktop shortcut

Windows 7 Show desktop shortcut


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
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!)
(# = a number key)
Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth
slot on the taskbar.
Example: Win+1 launches first pinned app, Win+2 launches second, etc.
Win + +
Win + –
(plus or minus key)
Zoom in or out.



Alt+P Show/hide Preview Pane


Taskbar modifiers

Shift + Click on
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

Written by Julio Franco

January 16th, 2009 at 6:32 am

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  1. i thinke is better than windows vista

    thanke you .

    M. Ali

    18 Jan 09 at 7:22 am

  2. Windows 7 is not good because it is compatible with the anti-virus programs such as McAfee or Norton


    18 Jan 09 at 11:27 am

  3. MARWA what the hell does that have to do with the OS being good or not…

    Jeff J.

    18 Jan 09 at 12:33 pm

  4. I can’t speak with authority but i would assume that windows7’s incompatibility with antivirus software is similar to the problem vista has with some. the fact that the OS protects itself so much better than in previous versions not only thwarts infection but also anti-virus software. the reason is because many anti-malware suites like mcafee and symantec use the very same techniques to defend against malware as the malware uses to get to you in the first place. so in a way they are no different. its really that anti-malware does not work in windows rather than windows not working with the anti-malware.


    18 Jan 09 at 7:44 pm

  5. Im running Avast 4.8 pro (trial) – no issues at all – also using Spam Bully in Outlook with no issues – Super Anti Spyware program crashed my set up though.

    Jerry Baxter

    19 Jan 09 at 10:05 am

  6. I wish that win 7 better than vista


    19 Jan 09 at 11:43 am

  7. Well, I’m running my current version of Kaspersky (2008) on Windows 7 and it works fine. The version of Kaspersy that is available to beta test on Windows 7 does NOT allow me to install Adobe Acrobat Reader at all. It causes the installer to bomb out!

    In any case, I have yet to find any incompatabilities with Windows 7 and the applications I run. Now, is it more responsive than Vista? It’s kind of hard to tell. Yeah, it boots faster, but then I haven’t installed EVERY piece of software that I currently have installed in Vista. I don’t find it slower than Vista and so far, even some pretty intensive games work just as good under Windows 7 as they did in Vista. I won’t say I see a significant speed increase.

    Once thing I did notice was that under Vista, my Experience Rating was 4.5 because Vista stated my memory (PC3200) was rated at 4.5. However, under Windows 7, it rated it at 4.9.

    My other ratings (CPU, gaming graphics, etc) are the same under Vista and Windows 7, so I’m not sure what is going on with the rating of the memory.

    But overall, Windows 7 seems to run pretty well. Still not sure if it’s worth an upgrade or not.


    5 Feb 09 at 7:51 am

  8. Bookmarked. :)

    In win7 RC, there’s also Win+Shift+Up/Down to vertically maximize/restore the window.


    29 Jul 09 at 10:02 pm

  9. Great! I think youngsters of India would enjoy it very much.

  10. Since the release of Windows 7, all I have heard is mass amounts of criticism. I was told that the release of this software was pushed up, but I will not believe that Windows has that many flaws. I have not seen or tried the software yet, but I have been an avid Windows user for years. I can’t speak from personal use, but I would assume that this list from the write-up would definitely come in handy.

  11. Windows 7 is awesome! I’m running the official release (Ultimate, 32bit) version from an XP clean install. It’s faster, lighter, feature rich, and runs all of my old software and hardware just great.

    I did have to wrestle a bit with getting the right drivers installed and configured. I also had a big battle with it’s UAC file security locking me out of everything. But a reinstall set to Home networking instead of Public networking fixed most of that. (MY COMPUTER, DAMMIT! You can’t tell me what to do.)

    As far as the drivers, everything actually worked out of the box after one Microsoft update. However, I am a freak about having my system optimized, and always do a lot of research to find the BEST drivers for my devices. Typically, Microsoft’s were the best but worked better using the new configuration .ini file from another source.

    To do this I would install the new vendor’s drivers, restart my system, then, in device manger, Roll Back the drivers. This leaves the new options, activated by the custom ini file, available for you to tweak an play with. (You might need to fiddle with the new hardware options BEFORE rolling back to get Windows to save save them.) This is what happened with my Nvidia graphics and Broadcom wireless drivers. They work so much better now than in XP! I’m a happy camper.

    I am a old-school Microsoft basher, but have recently seen the light and been redeemed — or was it Microsoft that sought redemption? Anyway…!


    29 Oct 09 at 7:02 pm

  12. Oh! I forgot to mention that AVG 9 works brilliantly with my Win 7. Its much faster than 8.5 with XP. Don’t know who to thank for that.

    Just make sure to set exceptions for your favorite programs in your anti virus and firewall options. That cleared up my sluggishness immensely.


    29 Oct 09 at 7:12 pm

  13. Bookmarked this! I’m keeping several of these articles for when I finally get Windows 7.

    I’m planning to learn the majority of these shortcuts. “Shortcut” is a golden word to me when it comes to computing. Thanks, TechSpot!


    4 Nov 09 at 1:23 pm

  14. Windows 7 is no doubt the best so far that Microsoft has produced. It is fast, easy to use, compatible with all software (so far), loaded with useful tools(like snipping tool, Network Monitoring..etc ).
    Good newz for XP lovers… they can make Windows 7 look and run like Windows XP with the help of Virtualisation. All you need to do is download and install XP Mode from the following link:

    but the only thing that bugs me out is the price….. Windows 7 ultimate so expensive to afford!!


    8 Nov 09 at 5:56 am

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    c:\program files (x86) \icoa inc\ocgsync desktop v4\redemption.dll

    I receive the above captioned message every time I attempt to open
    Outlook 2007.
    I have sent several requests for assistance / advice to Ogg Sync and
    ICOA Inc.,
    without even the courtesy of an acknowledgement.
    Not being a tech person this group is my last hope.
    I appreciate any knowledge that you would care to share.



    2 Jan 10 at 12:24 pm

  16. Author- Thank you this was very helpful. everyone else: You people with your entitlement and your obnoxious opinions. get a life.


    2 Feb 10 at 4:39 pm

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