Windows 7 is here, these are hotkeys to make your life easier

posted in: Stuff

So Windows 7 is out and most people are now getting used to the new settings. It has very little change in regards to eye candy compared to Vista, but has a couple of interesting improvements. While so many have reviewed the goods and bads, I think it is pretty much the same as Vista but with a couple of very nice fixes that were more than needed in the previous system.

The tweaks that I’m referring to a re mainly geeky and very minor changes that really make something work better. The bigger changes, while nice to most people, I’d rather use other tools that make my life easier (such as Launchy).

The good: Like the way the icons and programs are organized in the taskbar. While not a dock, it is still pretty good.

The annoying sidebar is gone! You can have your gadgets all over the desk without having to look at that intrusive sidebar. If only they made it so you could hide all gadgets and call them on command, this would be even better… perhaps for Windows 8?

And lastly, pretty much everything that runs in Vista, runs in Windows 7. I am yet to find something incompatible and I have it installed in 3 computers of different ages, makes and specs.

The bad: Again MS has a fixation with not letting anyone personalize the User Interface which is not bad, but quite limiting. In an era where people like to personalize everything, I don’t get why Microsoft has to make it so difficult for people to fully customize Windows’ appearance.

Now, this is a list of shortcuts that will make your life a little bit easier in Windows 7:


Win+DownRestore / Minimize
Win+LeftSnap to left
Win+RightSnap to right
Win+Shift+LeftJump to left monitor
Win+Shift+RightJump to right monitor
Win+HomeMinimize / Restore all other windows
Win+TFocus the first taskbar entry
Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can arrow around.
Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.
Win+SpacePeek at the desktop
Win+GBring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
Win+PExternal display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)
Win+XMobility 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.

Windows Explorer

Alt+PShow/hide Preview Pane

Taskbar modifiers

Shift + Click on iconOpen a new instance
Middle click on iconOpen a new instance
Ctrl + Shift + Click on iconOpen a new instance with Admin privileges
Shift + Right-click on iconShow 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 iconMenu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.
Ctrl + Click on grouped iconCycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group