Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts ... 

Table of Contents:

  1. Managing 'Windows' in Windows 7
  2. Accessing Windows Features
  3. Windows 7 Task-bar
  4. Navigating Desktop
  5. Windows Explorer
  6. Photo Viewer
  7. Dialog Boxes
  8. Windows Admin
  9. Windows Help
  10. Ease of Access and Magnifier
1. Managing 'Windows' in Windows 7
Move and Re-size Active Window
Win+Arrow DownSet window to Restored (if Maximized) or Minimized (if Restored)
Win+Arrow UpMaximize window (if Restored)
Win+Shift+Arrow Down/Win+Shift+Arrow UpMaximize Restored window vertically / Restore window to previous state
Win+Arrow Right/Win+Arrow LeftMove Restored window to left/center/right. Works across multiple monitors
Win+Shift+Arrow Right/Win+Shift+Arrow LeftMove window to left monitor / to right monitor when using multiple monitors
Alt+SpaceOpens the title bar menu
Alt+Space+EnterRestore Window
Alt+Space+XMaximize Window
Alt+Space+NMinimize Window
F11Turn full page view on or off
'Maximized' means full screen, 'Restored' means variable window size, and 'Minimized' means minimized to taskbar.
Switch between Applications
Cycles through open programs in taskbar. Hold alt and continuously press tab to move forward between applications. Release keys to switch to application selected. Add shift to reverse direction.
Alt+Ctrl+Tab, then usearrow keys to select applicationCycles through open programs in taskbar without needing to hold alt continuously. Press alt+ctrl+tab once, then continue with arrow keys and press enter on application.
Alt+Esc/Alt+Shift+EscCycle through programs on taskbar in the order they were opened or accessed
Win+TabCycle through programs using Aero Flip 3D
Ctrl+Win+TabCycle through programs on Taskbar using Aero Flip 3D
Win+GCycle through Gadget Window
Manage Multiple Windows
Win+DMinimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous state
Win+MMinimize all windows on current Monitor
Win+Shift+MRestore previously minimized windows on current Monitor
Win+HomeSet all windows to Minimized on current Monitor except active
Win+SpacePreview Desktop / make windows transparent (May not work with all Settings)
2. Accessing Windows Features
Win+EStart Windows Explorer (in My Computer)
Win+ROpen the Run window
Win+FOpen Windows Search. f3 on empty desktop works, too.
Win+LLock the keyboard/ computer
Win+F1Display Windows Help
Alt+ShiftChange keyboard language layout if multiple language layouts are active*
Shift when inserting CD or DVDPrevent CD or DVD from automatically playing
Win+PChoose Presentation Display Mode
Win+XOpen Mobility Center
* When working with multiple Keyboards Layouts (e.g. Spanish/English/German). Add unlimited Layouts under Regional settings and activate language bar in Taskbar to see current language. Switch with shortcut any time.
3. Windows 7 Taskbar
Win or Ctrl+EscActivate Start Button. Then use arrow keysspace and enter to navigate within Start Menu
Win+TGo to first item in taskbar, continue with arrow keys
Win+BGo to first item in system tray
Shift+click on a taskbar itemStart new instance of taskbar item
Ctrl+Shift+click on a taskbar itemStart new instance of taskbar item as administrator
Shift+right-click on a taskbar itemShow the window menu for the program
Win+1...9Switch to application in position N on taskbar (or launch pinned application)
Shift+Win+1...9Start new instance of taskbar item in position N on taskbar
Unfortunately, Microsoft removed the possibility to select multiple taskbar items in Windows 7
4. Navigating Desktop
Arrow KeysNavigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop)
Home/EndSelect first / select last object on desktop
EnterLaunch active icon
Shift+F10Activate context menu of active icon by simulates right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keysa-z andenter to select item
tabshift+tab on empty desktopNavigate between desktop, the quick-launch bar, task bar and notification bar. Then use arrow keys and enter or space to activate specific icons
ABC, ...Pressing the initial letter of the name of any objects will highlight the respective application or folder. Continue typing the object name if multiple objects start with the same letter
5. Windows Explorer
Win+EStart Windows Explorer (My Computer)
Alt+Arrow UpGo up one folder
Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow RightGo to previous folder / go to next folder
Tab/Shift+TabSwitch focus forward/ backward between Address bar, Search Bar, Toolbar, Navigation Pane, and File List (Default is usually File List)
Alt+D or f4Jump to the Address bar and select absolute address. Copy address with ctrl+c if desired
Ctrl+E or ctrl+fJump to Search Box in Explorer
Ctrl+NOpen new instance of Windows Explorer
F11Maximize window
Navigate File List and Navigation Pane
Arrow KeysNavigate between files and folders
EnterOpen folder or start application
Home/EndJump to first / jump to last item
F2Change the file name of active item
F2, then arrow left/Arrow RightMove one character to the left / to the right in item name
F2, thenctrl+Arrow Left/Ctrl+Arrow RightJump one word to the left / to the right of item name
F2, then home /EndJump to beginning / jump to end of item name
F2, then ctrl+aSelect complete object name including suffix (default excludes suffix)
Arrow Left/Arrow RightExpand folder / collapse folder (navigation pane only)
File List
Alt+PDisplay or hide Preview Pane
Alt+V then DView details. Check View menu for more options
Alt+V then XView extra-large icons. Check View menu for more options
Ctrl+mouse scroll wheelChange size of icons
Select Items in File List and Navigation Pane
Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow DownSelect multiple adjacent items (directly above or below)
ctrl with arrow keys and spaceSelect multiple non-adjacent items. Hold ctrl, use arrow keysto move to next item, and press space to add/remove from selection
Ctrl+ASelect all
A ...Z and 1..9Press the initial letter any item to jump to it. Continue typing the full name if multiple items start with the same letter
Manipulate Items in Explorer
Ctrl+CCtrl+XCtrl+Vctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+X for cut and Ctrl+V for paste
Ctrl+ZUndo an action
Ctrl+YRedo an action
DeleteDelete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin
Shift+DeleteDelete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin
Shift+F10Activate context menu of active object. Replaces the right mouse button. Once in the context menu use arrow keysa-z andenter to get to the selection
Ctrl+Shift+NCreate new folder
Alt+EnterOpen Properties dialog box
6. Photo Viewer
Arrow Left/Arrow RightGo to next / go to previous photo
Ctrl+.Rotate photo clockwise
Ctrl+,Rotate photo counter-clockwise
[+]/-Zoom in / zoom out (or mouse wheel)
Ctrl+0 (zero)Fit to Window
DeleteDelete current photo
Shift+DeletePermanently delete current photo
Alt+EnterShow properties of current photo
Alt+E or Ctrl+SEmail current photo
Ctrl+CCopy current photo file to clipboard
Alt+OOpen current photo in other application (e.g. Paint of Office)
7. Dialog Boxes
Ctrl+Tab/Ctrl+Shift+TabMove forward / move backwards through tabs
Tab/Shift+TabMove forward / move backwards through options
Alt+underlined letterPerform the command (or select the option) that goes with that letter
EnterReplaces clicking the mouse for many selected commands
SpaceSelect or clear the check box if the active option is a check box
Arrow KeysSelect a button if the active option is a group of option buttons
F4Display the items in the active list
BackspaceOpen a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
8. Windows Admin
Admin Tasks
Ctrl+Win+FSearch for Computers (with Active Directory activated)
Win+Pause/BreakDisplay System Properties which holds system properties, computer name, device manager and so on
Ctrl+Shift+EscOpens Windows Task Manager
Remote Desktop
Alt+Page Up/Alt+Page DownMove between programs from left to right / from right to left
Alt+InsertCycle through programs in the order that they were started in
Alt+HomeDisplay the Start menu
Ctrl+Alt+pause/breakSwitch between a window and full screen
Ctrl+Alt+EndDisplay the Windows Security dialog box
Alt+DeleteDisplay the system menu
9. Windows Help
TabMove between links
Alt+CDisplay the Table of Contents
Alt+NDisplay the Connection Settings menu
F10Display the Options menu
Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow RightMove back / move forward to the previously/ next viewed topic
Alt+ADisplay the customer support page
Alt+HomeDisplay the Help and Support home page
Home/EndMove to the beginning / to the end of a topic
Ctrl+FSearch the current topic. Press tab to leave
Ctrl+PPrint a topic
F3Move the cursor to the search box. Press tab to leave

Ease of Access
Win+UOpen Ease of Access Center
Press Shift five times.Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Press Num Lock for five secondsTurn Toggle Keys on or off
Right Shift for eight secondsTurn Filter Keys on or off
left Alt + left Shift +Num LockTurn Mouse Keys on or off
left Alt + left Shift + prtScnTurn High Contrast on or off (Careful, will change theme!)
Win+[+]Start Magnifier and zoom in
Win+-Zoom out with Magnifier active
Ctrl+Alt+IInvert colors in Magnifier display
Win+EscExit Magnifier
Ctrl+Alt+Arrow KeysMove the Magnifier windows
Note: Microsoft lists more shortcuts for Magnifier, but not all of them seem to work.
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