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I’ve been running Windows 7 RC for a little over a week now and can’t imagine going back to Vista at this point. I decided to start with a fresh install of Windows 7, so I’ve been in the process of reinstalling all of my applications and cleaning up my disk drives.

In the process, I went searching to see if there are any interesting Windows 7 power toys or tricks available. While I didn’t find any power toys, I did discover that all of the Windows Vista tricks are still available on Windows 7.

Tim Sneath has an excellent blog post that covers 30 Windows 7 “secrets” and another series that talks about some Vista “secrets”. Not everything in those posts qualifies as a Trick (some are simply tips), but many of them do.

Here is a quick summary of what I’ve found so far for Windows 7:

Window Management

  • Win+Left Arrow and Win+Right Arrow: Dock a window to the left or right half of the screen.
  • Win+Shift+Left Arrow and Win+Shift+Right Arrow: Move a window from one monitor to another, keeping them in the same relative location to the monitor’s top-left origin.
  • Win+Up Arrow and Win+Down Arrow: Maximizes and restores/minimizes a window.
  • Win+Shift+Up Arrow and Win+Shift+Down Arrow: Maximizes and restores the vertical size of a window.
  • Win+Home: Minimize all the non-active background windows, keeping the window you’re using in its current position. (Press Win+Home again to restore the windows to their original locations.)
  • Win+(plus key) and Win+(minus key): Zoom in or out using Windows Magnifer.
  • Win+E: Opens Windows Explorer.
  • Win+U: Opens the Ease of Access Center.
  • Win+D: Show/hide the desktop.
  • Win+F: Opens the Search Results window.
  • Win+L: Locks the computer.
  • Win+B: Sets focus to the “Show hidden icons” button on the task bar.
  • Win+M: Minimizes all windows.
  • Win+Ctrl+F: Opens the Active Directory Find Computers dialog.

Taskbar

  • Win+Space: Use “Aero Peek” to see any gadgets or icons you’ve got on your desktop.
  • Win+R: Opens the Run dialog.
  • Win+T: Move the focus to the first taskbar. (Pressing again will cycle through them.)
  • Win+Shift+T: Move the focus to the last taskbar. (Pressing again will cycle through them.)
  • Ctrl+(mouse click on a single application icon in the task bar): Toggle through each of the open windows in order. The best example of this is Internet Explorer. If you have five tabs open in a single IE instance, holding the Ctrl key while repeatedly clicking on the single IE icon in the task bar will toggle through each of the five tabs in order.
  • Ctrl+Shift+(mouse click on an application icon in the task bar): Launch that application with full administrative rights. You can also use Ctrl+Shift+Enter for commands from the search bar for the same action.
  • Shift+(mouse click on an application icon in the task bar): Launch a new instance of the application rather than switching to the existing application. (You can also middle-click with the third mouse button or scroll wheel.)
  • Win+1 .. Win+5: Launch a new instance of the any of the first five icons on the task bar. (By the way, the icons can be reordered to suit your needs by simply dragging them around and can be pinned shortcuts or running applications.)
  • Shift+(right mouse click on an application icon in the task bar): Show the Window menu. (You get different menus depending on whether the application is running or has multiple instances open.

Windows Explorer

  • Ctrl+(mouse scroll wheel): Change the view/zoom in Windows Explorer. (This is the same as clicking the Views button or selecting one of the view options from the button’s dropdown list.)
  • Shift+(right mouse click on any folder or file): Displays an expanded context menu:
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    (The additional Open options only appear for folders but the “Copy as path” option appears for both folders and files.)
  • Alt+P: Show/hide the preview pane.

Miscellaneous

  • Win+P: Display the project options, which you can then use the arrow keys (or keep hitting Win+P) to switch to the different options.
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  • Win+X: Open the Windows Mobility Center.
  • Win+G: Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order. (Sets the focus to a gadget.)
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Excellent collection Scott, bookmarked :-) I don't think I can go back to Vista either or god forbid XP. Win7 rocks.
Left by Thushan Fernando on May 18, 2009 6:40 AM

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Well, all those positive Win7 reports...

Some of us (me included) didn't have any problem with excellent Vista 64 bit version (except aero), so we should differentiate between what is new and what _you_ just learned...and I like "seven" but still not running it on production machine, but for me Vista was a bigger step.

some essential shortcuts existed even in XP and I think even in Win2000, Win+R and Win+E or Win+L been here for ages (any newbie knows them), and I am sure Win+D is on XP as well (can't check, vista here).

Win+1 .. Win+5 or Win+M and many others are also _at_ _least_ Vista possible keys, so we should give credit where it belongs, to an excellent Vista OS.

Vista was a big step to a disaster named XP (contrary to popular belief, I ditched XP as soon as 2003 came out and was very happy with 64bit Vista SP2 so far).

Win+T - also Vista possible :) But learned someting new, going to try
Left by cowgaR on May 18, 2009 1:23 PM

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its amazing
window 7 fails mac....................
Left by kuldeep negi on May 28, 2009 10:13 AM

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great article, but missing:

WIN+PAUSE/BREAK

Which on XP loads system properties and Vista/Win 7 does basically the same thing, taking you to where you can get basic (and detailed) information for your system quickly.

- Brett
Left by cleverest on Jun 01, 2009 9:45 PM

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daily to give different tips to my id
Left by balamurugan on Sep 12, 2009 2:53 AM

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THANK YOU!!! These are so helpful!
Left by Chris Wyatt on Oct 14, 2009 4:37 AM

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well this is ok but i want hidden tricks of window 7 ya
Left by Neeraj on Jan 02, 2010 7:20 AM

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how to close all windows
Left by GIRISH on Jan 21, 2010 4:38 AM

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Is there a way to reverse Win + B
Left by Vob Beyerlein on Jan 28, 2010 7:23 AM

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You can find all these keyboard shortcuts on the virtual keyboard:
http://hot-virtual-keyboard.com/keyboard-shortcuts/
Left by Kenny on Feb 23, 2010 7:36 PM

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thanks thats nice tricks........
Left by vicky on Apr 14, 2010 2:12 PM

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This is a very good effort
Left by Manjula on Aug 02, 2010 10:43 PM

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win tap for 3D effect too!!
Left by Pickgoa on Aug 30, 2010 1:16 PM

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Nice post, thanks :D there are a few shortcuts you missed on www.usingcomputers.co.uk take a gander
Left by Josh on Jan 11, 2011 7:04 AM

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it's a nice tricks.most of them worked properly.
Left by surya on Mar 02, 2011 9:57 PM

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tricks are good and worked perfectly.
Left by surya on Mar 02, 2011 9:58 PM

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Awesome list of tips! I'll definitely use this!
Left by John y. on Sep 07, 2011 1:15 PM

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These windows 7 shortcuts keyboard keys are very special and very useful for fast processing i am loving it................
Left by Rahul Tiwari on Sep 30, 2011 2:25 PM

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this is mast site.................
Left by minakshi on Aug 29, 2012 5:13 AM

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