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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

Alt+Shift+TabCycles 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 use arrow 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 keys, space 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 keys, a-z and enter to select item

tab, shift+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

A, B, C, ...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, then ctrl+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 keys to 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+C, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+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 keys, a-z and enter 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


10. Ease of Access and Magnifier

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.