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Guide to Windows 7 Shortcut Keys

Filed under Microsoft, Tips & Tricks, Windows 7

While good old Control + C and Control + V are timesavers known by (hopefully) most of us, there’s a whole other world of shortcut keys and commands built right into your Operating System that can speed up your working life. With the release of Windows 7, we thought it would be a good time to run through the basic Windows shortcuts along with all the new goodies available in Microsoft’s latest OS.


WinThe Windows Key. Generally found on the lower left our your keyboard between Ctrl and Alt. The one with the little Windows logo on it!

+ Means press the key in conjuction with the one preceding it. eg. Ctrl + V means press Ctrl and the V key at the same time. Shotrcuts are generally pressed at the same time, not in sequence.

The Basics: Window Management & Navigation

  • [Win + E] Launch Windows Explorer
  • [Win + R] Open the Run dialogue Box
  • [Win + D] or [Win + M] Minimise Windows to Desktop
  • [Alt + Tab] Switch between your currently open Windows
  • [Win + Space] Make all windows transparent (view your Desktop without minimising windows)
  • [Ctrl + Shift + Escape] Open the Windows Task Manager
  • [Win + L] Lock your Desktop
  • [Win + Up Arrow] Maximise your current window
  • [Win + Down Arrow] Minimise or Restore your current window
  • [Win + Left/Right Arrow] Un-maximise and move your Window to the edge of your Desktop
  • [Shift + Win + Left/Right Arrow] Move the current window to a different monitor

Windows Explorer Shortcuts

  • [Ctrl + Shift +N] Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer.
  • [Alt + Up] Move up a folder level
  • [Alt + Enter on a selected file] Opens the Properties of the select item
  • [Alt + P] Open the preview pane on Windows Explorer’s Sidebar
  • [Shift + Right-Click on a selected file] Allows you to Copy As Path, letting you easily paste file paths into emails

Taskbar Shortcuts

  • [Win] Pressing the Windows key will open up your start menu
  • [Win + Tab] Cycle through Taskbar Items
  • [Win + (1-9)] Switches to the application in that position on your taskbar or starts a pinned application in that position
  • [Alt + Win + (1-9)] Display the Jump List for the application pinned in that position on your taskbar
  • [Win+T] Switches focus to the taskbar and allows you to toggle/scroll between applications

Display Shortcuts

  • [Win + P] Select your Display output. Allows you to visually switch between one or two monitors or a projector
  • [Win + (+/-)] Zoom in or out on your Desktop. Handy if you want a better look at smaller text or images

Windows Vista & Server 2008 Service Pack 2 Released

Filed under Microsoft, News

Earlier this week, Microsoft officially released Service Pack 2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008. It will likely be a few weeks before this new pack is available via Windows Update but executables are up for download on Microsoft’s website.

Download SP2 for 32-bit systems here.

Download SP2 for 64-bit systems here.

SP2 contains a number of hotfixes and security patches previously released on Windows Update as well as feature enhancements including:

  • Improved hardware compatibility
  • Improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Native Blu-Ray support
  • Window Search 4.0
  • Power management improvements
  • Removes the default limit on half open outbound TCP connections
  • Backwards compatibility with Terminal Server license keys (Server 2008)
  • Integration of Hyper V with Server 2008 – 1 free instance with Windows Server 2008 Standard, 4 free instances with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, unlimited free instances for Server 2008 Datacenter