Windows 7 hotkey cheat sheet


Win+DownRestore / Minimize
Win+LeftSnap to left
Win+RightSnap to right
Win+Shift+LeftJump to left monitor
Win+Shift+RightJump to right monitor
Win+HomeMinimize / Restore all other windows
Win+TFocus the first taskbar entry
Pressing again will cycle through them, you can can arrow around.
Win+Shift+T cycles backwards.
Win+SpacePeek at the desktop
Win+GBring gadgets to the top of the Z-order
Win+PExternal display options (mirror, extend desktop, etc)
Win+XMobility Center (same as Vista, but still handy!)
(# = a number key)
Launches a new instance of the application in the Nth slot on the taskbar.
Example: Win+1 launches first pinned app, Win+2 launches second, etc.
Win + +
Win + -
(plus or minus key)
Zoom in or out.

Windows Explorer

Alt+PShow/hide Preview Pane

Taskbar modifiers

Shift + Click on iconOpen a new instance
Middle click on iconOpen a new instance
Ctrl + Shift + Click on iconOpen a new instance with Admin privileges
Shift + Right-click on iconShow 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 iconMenu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.
Ctrl + Click on grouped iconCycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group

Note that this list focuses on stuff that’s specific to Windows 7.