Windows 7 Shortcut List of useful shortcuts (Printable)

1. Managing ‘Windows’ in Windows 7

Move and Resize Active Window
Win+Arrow Down Set window to Restored (if Maximized) or Minimized (if Restored)
Win+Arrow Up Maximize window (if Restored)
Win+Shift+Arrow Down/Win+Shift+Arrow Up Maximize Restored window vertically / Restore window to previous state
Win+Arrow Right/Win+Arrow Left Move Restored window to left/center/right. Works across multiple monitors
Win+Shift+Arrow Right/Win+Shift+Arrow Left Move window to left monitor / to right monitor when using multiple monitors
Alt+Space Opens the title bar menu
Alt+Space+Enter Restore Window
Alt+Space+x Maximize Window
Alt+Space+n Minimize Window
F11 Turn 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+tab,
alt+Shift+Tab
Open Task Manager and cycle through programs. 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 application Open Task Manager and cycle through programs 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+Esc Cycle through programs on taskbar in the order they were opened or accessed
Win+Tab Cycle through programs using Aero Flip 3D
Ctrl+Win+Tab Cycle through programs on Taskbar using Aero Flip 3D
Win+g Cycle through Gadget Window

Manage Multiple Windows

Win+d Minimize all windows on all Monitors. Press again to restore previous state
Win+m Minimize all windows on current Monitor
Win+Shift+m Restore previously minimized windows on current Monitor
Win+Home Set all windows to Minimized on current Monitor except active
Win+Space Preview Desktop / make windows transparent (May not work with all Settings)

4. Navigating Desktop

Arrow Keys Navigate between and select single icons on desktop (when focus is on the desktop)
Home/End Select first / select last object on desktop
Enter Launch active icon
Shift+F10 Activate 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 desktop Navigate 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

minusBasics
Win+e Start Windows Explorer (My Computer)
Alt+Arrow Up Go up one folder
Alt+Arrow Left/Alt+Arrow Right Go to previous folder / go to next folder
Tab/Shift+Tab Switch focus forward/ backward between Address bar, Search Bar, Toolbar, Navigation Pane, and File List (Default is usually File List)
Alt+d or f4 Jump to the Address bar and select absolute address. Copy address with ctrl+c if desired
Ctrl+e or ctrl+f Jump to Search Box in Explorer
Ctrl+n Open new instance of Windows Explorer
F11 Maximize window

Navigate File List and Navigation Pane

Arrow Keys Navigate between files and folders
Enter Open folder or start application
Home/End Jump to first / jump to last item
F2 Change the file name of active item
f2, then arrow left/Arrow Right Move one character to the left / to the right in item name
f2, then ctrl+Arrow Left/Ctrl+Arrow Right Jump one word to the left / to the right of item name
f2, then home /End Jump to beginning / jump to end of item name
f2, then ctrl+a Select complete object name including suffix (default excludes suffix)
Arrow Left/Arrow Right Expand folder / collapse folder (navigation pane only)

File List

Alt+p Display or hide Preview Pane
Alt+v then d View details. Check View menu for more options
Alt+v then x View extra-large icons. Check View menu for more options
Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel Change size of icons
Select Items in File List and Navigation Pane
Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down Select multiple adjacent items (directly above or below)
ctrl with arrow keys and space Select multiple non-adjacent items. Hold ctrl, use arrow keys to move to next item, and press space to add/remove from selection
Ctrl+a Select all
a …z and 1..9 Press 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+v ctrl+c for copy, ctrl+x for cut and ctrl+v for paste
Ctrl+z Undo an action
Ctrl+y Redo an action
Delete Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin
Shift+Delete Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin
Shift+F10 Activate 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+n Create new folder
Alt+Enter Open Properties dialog box