New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 7

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Windows 7 beta 1 includes some handy new shortcut key combinations that allow you to navigate and manage the Windows workspace more efficiently.

Here are 10 new Windows 7 shortcuts that will help you speed up your workflow (“Win” means the Windows Key):

  • Win+Home: Clear all but the active window

  • Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop (requires the Aero interface)

  • Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window

  • Win+Down arrow: Minimize the active window or restore the window if it's maximized

  • Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the active window to each side of the monitor

  • Win+Shift+Left/Right arrows: If you've got dual monitors, this will move the active window to the adjacent monitor (love this one!)

  • Win+T: Shift focus to and scroll through items on the taskbar

  • Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display

  • Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out

  • Shift+Click a taskbar item: Open a new instance of that particular application

Thanks to Stephen Rose, the Senior Community Manager for the TechNet Springboard Series for the tips.