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Keyboard Shortcuts Introduced in Windows 7

Keyboard shortcuts Introduced in Windows 7

Keyboard shortcutsA variety of new keyboard shortcuts have been introduced, over and above those introduced with Windows Vista.

Global keyboard shortcuts:

  • Windows key + space baroperates as a keyboard shortcut for Aero Peek.
  • Windows key + Upmaximizes the current window.
  • Windows key + Downif current window is maximized, restores it; otherwise minimizes current window.
  • Windows key + Shift + Upmaximizes the current window, in the vertical direction only.

  • Windows key + Leftsnaps the current window to the left edge of the screen.
  • Windows key + Rightsnaps the current window to the right half of the screen.
  • Windows key + Shift + Leftand Windows key + Shift + Right move the current window to the left or right display.
  • Windows key + +(plus sign) functions as zoom in command wherever applicable.
  • Windows key + (minus sign) functions as zoom out command wherever applicable.
  • Windows key + ESC(Escape key) turn off zoom once enabled.
  • Windows key + Homeoperates as a keyboard shortcut for Aero Shake.
  • Windows key + Pshows an "external display options" selector that gives the user the choice of showing the desktop on only the computer's screen, only the external display, with the same output on both (clone), or on both displays with independent desktops (extend).

Taskbar:

  • Shift + Click, or Middle click starts a new instance of the application, regardless of whether it's already running.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Clickstarts a new instance with Administrator privileges; by default, a User Account Controlprompt will be displayed.
  • Shift + Right-clickshows the classic Window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc.); right-clicking on the application's thumbnail image will also show this menu. If the icon being clicked on is a grouped icon, the classic menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All menu is shown.
  • Ctrl + Clickon a grouped icon cycles between the windows (or tabs) in the group.

Windows Explorer:

  • Shift + Right-clickon an application icon allows a process to be started as a different user.