Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

January 27, 2009

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The Windows 7 taskbar can cause lots of initial grief for people used to the Quick Launch toolbar.  After all, you do a clean install of Windows 7 and there is no Quick Launch to be found.  (I personally prefer the Vista start menu search box, but that’s just me.)

If you’re one of these people, then before you go and bring Quick Launch back from the dead, why don’t you try using the taskbar itself as your launch surface?  By pinning any shortcut to the taskbar, you can effectively create a unified launch and control surface for your frequently used and currently running applications.

In case you’re desperately missing the WinKey+1, WinKey+2 etc. combinations, they are still there!  If you have the default Windows 7 taskbar, do WinKey+1 and you should have a new Internet Explorer window pop up.

While we’re at it, why don’t you play around with the other Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts, which promise countless hours of joy and productivity?

My personal favorites:

  • WinKey+Up, Down, Left, Right to toggle snapping, maximize and minimize
  • WinKey+Shift+Left, Right to move an app between monitors
  • WinKey+T to see the thumbnails of a taskbar button (and keep tapping WinKey+T to toggle through all taskbar buttons)
  • WinKey+Space to peek at the desktop
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