Occasionally, you may find that the windows controls are weirdly located off the top of the screen, or for some other reason, launching commands from a menu with the mouse is not going to work. in those situations, using keyboard shortcuts can help. These are hold-overs from the old pre mouse DOS and Unix days of computing, when the keyboard was the only input device, but they continue to be part of all operating systems. Thanks to Tech I Share for this information.
“Here are some useful Windows 7 shortcuts for the taskbar :
Windows Key + Number (1 – 9) – Brings up the current window of the corresponding application pinned to the taskbar. If the application is not already in use, this keyboard shortcut will open it. For example, if you have Internet Explorer, Outlook and Word pinned to the taskbar at the right of the Start button, Windows Key + 1 will open IE, Windows Key + 2 will open Outlook and so on.
Shift + Windows Key + Number (1 – 9) – Opens a new instance of the corresponding application pinned to the taskbar.
Windows Key + T – Brings up a view of each taskbar application currently in use, in order from left to right.
Windows Key + Shift + T – Previews the taskbar items from right to left.
Following are several Windows key shortcuts you can use in Windows 7 :
Windows Key – Opens the Start Menu
Windows Key + D – Displays the desktop
Windows Key + M – Minimizes all open windows
Windows Key + Spacebar – All windows become transparent so that the desktop is visible while pressing and holding this keyboard shortcut
Windows Key + Down Arrow – Reduces a maximized window and minimizes a smaller sized window
Windows Key + Up Arrow – Maximizes a smaller window to full screen
Windows Key + Tab – Cycles through open windows
Windows Key + = – Opens the Magnifier
Windows Key + L – Locks your computer
Windows Key + G – Cycles through your gadgets
Windows Key + P – Opens Presentation View, which allows you to switch to another monitor or projector.
A good free utility Windows 7 Shortcuts can also be found on the internet and this utility adds more shortcuts as follows.
Win+Up : Maximize
Win+Down: Restore / Minimize
Win+Left: Snap to left
Win+Right: Snap to right
Win+Shift+Left: Jump to left monitor
Win+Shift+Right: Jump to right monitor
Win+Home: Minimize / Restore all other windows
Win+T: Focus the first taskbar entry Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can
arrow around. Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.
Win+Space: Peek at the desktop
Win+G: Bring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
Win+P: External display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)
Win+X: Mobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)
Win+# (# = a number key) : Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the Taskbar.
Win + + : Zoom in
Win + – : Zoom Out
Windows Explorer :
Alt+P: Show/hide Preview Pane
Taskbar modifiers :
Shift + Click on icon: Open a new instance
Middle click on icon: Open a new instance
Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon: Open a new instance with Admin privileges
Shift + Right-click on icon: Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc)
Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu
Shift + Right-click on grouped icon: Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.
Ctrl + Click on grouped icon: Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group”