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cool keyboard tricksAnyone working professionally with a computer has their hands on the keyboard most of the time. Reaching for the mouse can be an annoying disturbance and personally I often turn over my mouse in such situations. An easy solution is to simply keep the hands on the keyboard and complete as many tasks as possible with keyboard shortcuts only.

Apart from making you work more efficiently and faster, you can also impress your friends or colleagues by being able to work without a mouse. This article describes some cool Windows 7 keyboard tricks to get you started. In the end you might never want to take your hands off the keyboard again.


For your convenience, more keyboard shortcut resources are attached at the bottom.

Note that some of these shortcuts will only work if Windows Aero is enabled. If Aero effects are disabled on your computer, it might not be powerful enough to support resource intensive graphical features. The visual effects may also have been disabled to increase overall performance. If you wish to enable Aero nevertheless, have a look at my recent article explaining How To Enable and Troubleshoot Aero Effects in Windows 7 How To Enable & Troubleshoot Aero Effects In Windows 7 How To Enable & Troubleshoot Aero Effects In Windows 7 Read More .

Aero Shortcuts

  • [Windows] + [Spacebar] (Aero Peek)
    Make all open windows transparent to view gadgets and icons on desktop.

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  • [Windows] + [D] (Aero Peek)
    Show or hide the desktop.
  • [Windows] + [Home] (Aero Shake)
    Minimize all but selected window. Reverse by clicking the key combination again.
  • [Windows] + left arrow OR [Windows] + right arrow (Aero Snap)
    Dock selected window to the left or right half of your screen.
  • [Windows] + up arrow OR [Windows] + down arrow (Aero Snap)
    Maximized and restores the selected window.
  • [Windows] + [SHIFT] + up arrow OR [Windows] + [SHIFT] + down arrow (Aero Snap)
    Maximizes and restores selected window in vertical dimension only.
  • [Windows] + [Tab] (Aero Flip)
    Launch 3D representation of open windows and click [Tab] key again to flip through them.

Windows & Taskbar

  • [Alt] + [Ctrl] + [Tag] + left/right/up/down arrow
    Flip window.
  • [Alt] + [Tab]
    Cycle through open windows.

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  • [Windows] + [T] OR [Windows] + [SHIFT] + [T]
    Move focus to front or back of taskbar. Press [T] again while holding the [Windows] key to cycle through items in the taskbar from left to right or, with [SHIFT] button held too, from right to left.
  • [Windows] + [B]
    Puts focus on the ‘show hidden icons’ button on the system tray.
  • [Windows] + [1] THROUGH [Windows] + [9]
    Launch first through ninth icon on taskbar, including items pinned to taskbar.
  • [Windows] + [SHIFT] + [1] THROUGH [Windows] + [SHIFT] + [9]
    Starts new instance of respective taskbar icon.
  • [Windows] + [Ctrl] + [1] THROUGH [Windows] + [Ctrl] + [9]
    Cycles through multiple instances of the respective icon.
  • [Windows] + [Alt] + [1] THROUGH [Windows] + [Alt] + [9]
    Opens jump list for respective icon.

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Multiple Monitors

  • [Windows] + [SHIFT] + right arrow OR [Windows] + [SHIFT] + left arrow
    Move selected window from one monitor to another. They will remain in the same relative location.
  • [Windows] + [P]
    Select presentation display mode.

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Magnifier

  • [Windows] + [+] OR [Windows] + [-]
    Activates Windows Magnifier to zoom in or out of screen.
  • [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [D]
    Switch to docked mode.
  • [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [L]
    Switch to lense mode.

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  • [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [F]
    Switch from docked or lens mode back to full screen mode.
  • [Ctrl] + [Alt] + [I]
    Invert colors.
  • [Windows] + [Esc]
    Exist magnifier views.

Other

  • [Windows] + [G]
    Cycle through desktop gadgets.
  • [Windows] + [X]
    Launches Windows Mobility Center. Especially useful if you’re working on a laptop.

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Can’t get enough? The following articles describe lots of additional keyboard tricks and shortcuts to make use of:

Which cool keyboard tricks did we miss and which ones are your favorites?

  1. GuccizBud
    September 23, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    A lot of these are great, especially in the first half. Been using Windows®?7 since its inception and know a lot about it, but underestimated the versatility of the Windows key itself, thanks for this.

    • Tina Sieber
      September 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Very welcome and thank you for your comment, much appreciated!

  2. anirudh
    June 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    they are very commonly use commands
    but .............. some of them r really new for me ( -,-)

    • Tina Sieber
      June 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Glad you found something new! Are you using an other shortcuts that you would like to add to the list?

  3. yaway nomames
    May 10, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    ctrl + C on this->

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    ………………..,/¯../
    ………………./…./
    …………./´¯/’…’/´¯¯`·¸
    ………./’/…/…./……./¨¯\
    ……..(‘(…´…´…. ¯~/’…’)
    ………\……………..’…../
    ……….”…\………. _.·´
    …………\…………..(
    …………..\………….\…

    then ctrl + V

  4. RJ
    March 27, 2016 at 5:06 am

    i ll gve another
    windows +tab

  5. Veronica
    November 29, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Nice
    Good Job
    The thing is some of them are really common so I will give you one more

    [Windows] + [Tab]
    Its an easier way
    OR
    [Alt]+ [Tab]

  6. Rina
    March 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    umm..... I am not a computer expert, and i would like to know how to add omni glitter on you arow for your keyboard all of my friends know how to do it and i don't. i feel really left out and when i ask them they just go" OMG you don't know how to do such a simple thing !" can someone please tell me?
    Thank you!

  7. Oshowott253
    December 21, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Y did the Invert Colors Command only work Once?

  8. M Asadmanesh86
    October 11, 2010 at 10:51 am

    it is realy fantastic

    • doodthe ninjar xDDD wow
      April 25, 2016 at 9:06 am

      yes my Ge

    • doodthe ninjar xDDD wow
      April 25, 2016 at 9:06 am

      IM HOMESICK

    • doodthe ninjar xDDD wow
      April 25, 2016 at 9:07 am

      wow me to

  9. Erica Ann
    October 9, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    "If you have installed an PDF printer on your computer you can 'print' or rather save the article as PDF."

    That is a good tip in itself. This is a tip that many people who have this ability with their OS do not even realize!

  10. Versatile
    October 6, 2010 at 1:44 am

    [Alt] + [Ctrl] + [Tag] + left/right/up/down arrow
    Flip window.

    Still not fixed. Should be Tab!

  11. Versatile
    October 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    [Alt] + [Ctrl] + [Tag] + left/right/up/down arrow
    Flip window.

    Still not fixed. Should be Tab!

  12. emcoffey3
    October 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Not sure if this applies to Windows 7, but in Windows Server 2008: [Shift] + Right-click on a taskbar item gives you the "classic" context menu instead of the simplified menu with just "close window" and "pin to taskbar".

  13. Gulzae
    October 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    any such short cuts for mac

  14. Anonymous
    October 5, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Win+Shift+N creates a new folder, which is just absolutely incredibly useful

  15. Sumit 91iiitm
    October 4, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Some of these shrtcts not workin in win7 ultimate. Try [Shift]+[alt]+[num lock] .........:)

  16. garybear
    October 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Great Tips. I have also overlooked the Windows key. Agree that MS does not inform users enough. I have been using Ctrl + C for copy and + V for paste (etc.) for years.

  17. hnmAck
    October 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Im a Graphic Artist. My hands are on CAD peripherals most of the time. That makes me a less professional computer user?

  18. ITGuy
    October 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Install CutePDF Writer its free; http://www.cutepdf.com/.
    You can then print the article to a PDF file.

    You might want to highlight what you want and print selection so you don't print all the comments as well.

  19. Aibek
    October 2, 2010 at 7:06 am

    here is the image of the WIN key,
    http://hacknmod.com/wp-content...

  20. MT C
    October 2, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Might make a great MUO Guide.

  21. Free iPhone
    October 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Pretty cool stuff, should probably do work rather than play with these though lol.

  22. Pcradylady
    October 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Whats the WIN key?

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm

      The Windows key. On your keyboard, look at the bottom row to the left of the space bar. Second from the left is a key with a Microsoft logo on it. That's the Win key.

    • Aibek
      October 2, 2010 at 5:06 am

      here is the image of the WIN key,
      http://hacknmod.com/wp-content/old/pics/2232-1.jpg

    • Meowmixmeow
      November 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm

      windows *

  23. anil kukadiya
    October 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    nice post. Today i come to know about some more hidden features.

  24. Sean
    October 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Good stuff! I knew most of these but a couple were new and helpful.

    -Sean (Internetbeacon.com)

  25. LulaV14
    October 1, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Hey I just discovered another:
    [Alt] + [Ctrl] + left/right/up/down arrow flips everything to the left/right/upside down/normal o_O

  26. LulaV14
    October 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Hey I just discovered another:
    [Alt] + [Ctrl] + left/right/up/down arrow flips everything to the left/right/upside down/normal o_O

    • john
      December 3, 2010 at 12:17 am

      tats not an OS function.... its only in some computers- actually a graphic display shortcut... mostly in intel graphics

  27. Christian Tian
    October 1, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Win+G is absolutely a good keyboard shortcut

  28. Andrei Iulian
    October 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

    didn't knew about the zoom shortcuts. thanks!

  29. Anand
    October 1, 2010 at 5:31 am

    i like this win + tab shortcut

  30. Alan
    October 1, 2010 at 5:13 am

    These are so useful. Thanks.

  31. Rebeccadoremus
    October 1, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Could this be made into a PDF? I would love to hand it out to some of my customers. Great article.

    • Tina
      October 1, 2010 at 4:41 am

      Thank you for the feedback, Rebecca. If you have installed an PDF printer on your computer you can 'print' or rather save the article as PDF.

    • Erica Ann
      October 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      "If you have installed an PDF printer on your computer you can 'print' or rather save the article as PDF."

      That is a good tip in itself. This is a tip that many people who have this ability with their OS do not even realize!

    • ITGuy
      October 2, 2010 at 6:06 am

      Install CutePDF Writer its free; http://www.cutepdf.com/.
      You can then print the article to a PDF file.

      You might want to highlight what you want and print selection so you don't print all the comments as well.

    • Accountants
      November 30, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      We use Cute PDF Pro - it is fantastic - I love the merge ability to add more than one PDF together and the price!

    • Rodger Wittmann
      April 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      Copy & paste it into a word doc and you can save it as a PDF...

    • Rebecca
      April 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Just to reiterate, I know how to make it into one, but since "I" did not write the post, I was asking the author if they would do so --- or at least allow me to do so. It is always best to ask the author.

  32. John Doe
    October 1, 2010 at 12:57 am

    "[Alt] + [Ctrl] + [Tag] + left/right/up/down arrow
    Flip window."

    Don't you mean "tab" and not "tag"

  33. John Doe
    September 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    "[Alt] + [Ctrl] + [Tag] + left/right/up/down arrow
    Flip window."

    Don't you mean "tab" and not "tag"

    • Tina
      October 1, 2010 at 4:39 am

      Good catch! It's TAB indeed.

  34. Craig Chamberlin
    September 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Pretty cool stuff, I probably wont become efficient in many of them but it's funny how they make most of these shortcuts that people who use Windows 7 for months don't even know exists.

    Odds are if someone became proficient in using them they'd probably be way more productive... lol, I'm probably too lazy for such a skill.

  35. Craig Chamberlin
    September 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Pretty cool stuff, I probably wont become efficient in many of them but it's funny how they make most of these shortcuts that people who use Windows 7 for months don't even know exists.

    Odds are if someone became proficient in using them they'd probably be way more productive... lol, I'm probably too lazy for such a skill.

  36. Nenene
    September 30, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    *yawns*

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