Shortcuts in Windows 7

WHPS Tech Tip

Using the Windows Key in Windows 7

Did you know that the Windows key on your keyboard actually does a lot? Here are a few Windows key functions (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts#keyboard-shortcuts=windows-7):


Try this:

  • Windows logo key: Open or close the Start menu.
  • Windows logo key +Pause: Display the System Properties dialog box.
  • Windows logo key +D: Display the desktop.
  • Windows logo key +M: Minimize all windows.
  • Windows logo key +Shift+M: Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
  • Windows logo key +E: Open Computer.
  • Windows logo key +F: Search for a file or folder.
  • Windows logo key +L: Lock your computer or switch users. This is a good one! Try it when you leave your desk for a secure workstation!

  • Windows logo key +T: Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
  • Windows logo key +number: Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
  • Shift+Windows logo key +number: Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
  • Ctrl+Windows logo key +number: Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
  • Alt+Windows logo key +number: Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
  • Windows logo key +Tab: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
  • Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab: Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
  • Ctrl+Windows logo key +B: Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
  • Windows logo key +Spacebar: Preview the desktop.
  • Windows logo key +Up Arrow: Maximize the window.
  • Windows logo key +Left Arrow: Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
  • Windows logo key +Right Arrow: Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
  • Windows logo key +Down Arrow: Minimize the window.
  • Windows logo key +Home Minimize: all but the active window.
  • Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow: Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
  • Windows logo key +Shift+Left/Right Arrow: Move a window from one monitor to another.

If you have Windows 8, see: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts#keyboard-shortcuts=windows-8