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Useful Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 7

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows have existed since, well, keyboards and Windows have. But did you know these shortcuts, specific to Windows 7?

Definition: Win: Windows Key: The key to the left of your space bar with the Windows symbol on it.

Definition: Taskbar: The bar on the bottom of your screen that show the Start button, clock, etc.

1. Ctrl+Shift+N to Create a New Folder

You can use Ctrl+Shift+N to quickly create a new folder in Windows or anywhere on your computer where a folder can be created.

2. Win+Up/Down/Left/Right for Moving the Active Window

If you intend to quickly move the active window to make space for other programs, you could do that by using the Win key and one of the arrow keys. Each arrow key would move the window in the direction it is meant to. Note that using the left arrow key on the active window will make it occupy the left half of the screen. Windows key and right arrow key will return it to the middle, one more and will make it occupy the right side of the screen. Windows key and down arrow will return it to the earlier position, another down will minimize it. From the original position Windows key and up arrow will make the window full screen. Experiment to get the hang of it.

3. Win+1, Win+2… and so on for Opening Taskbar Programs

Want to quickly open a program that’s pinned to your Windows 7 taskbar? You can press the Win key and the number corresponding to the location of the program on the taskbar.

4. Win+Pause helps you check System Properties

Need to take a quick look at what’s the processor model you are using, or may be check the device manager, or advanced system settings? You could use Win+pause key combination to open the system properties window.


This is not a complete list of Windows 7 shortcuts; It’s just a few ones that might prove useful in your daily dealings with your Windows 7 based computer.