Though it has been 1.5 years since Windows 7 was launched, I still keep discovering new stuffs in it like new keyboard shortcuts, new places or some features. Some of them are so simple that I even feel stupid, why I never knew about them!
Anyways, Here are few keyboard and mouse shortcuts that are not so popular and may not be known to all.
1. Shake a Window to Minimize all Other Windows Except the one you Shook
Shake a window by holding left click on a window’s top pane and all the windows except the one you shook will get minimized. To restore them, shake it again baby.
One of the best windows 7 shortcuts, this one is quite handy to quickly focus on a single window and clear the clutter.
Initially added in Windows Vista, 3D Flip or Aero Flip displays opened windows in a 3D way where you can switch between them.
+Tab : Forward Switching
+Shift+Tab : Reverse Switching
3. Snap Windows Quickly
- Resize a window to the top of the screen and it will snap vertically.
- Drag a Window to the top and it will maximize. Drag it below and the window will be restored.
Arrange Windows Side-by-Side
- Similarly, drag a window to left or right side to align it right and left respectively. This way, you can arrage
Snapping windows requires the title-bar to be dragged. Instead, install AltDrag to snap by holding down the Alt key and then clicking anywhere in the window to drag it.
4. Quickly Open and Close Applications Windows from Taskbar
To open a new window for an application, middle-click on its taskbar icon.
To close a window, middle-click on its Aero Peek thumbnail. This can also be done by clicking on the “X” button in the thumbnail when you hover it.
5. Customize Aero Peek Thumbnails
Developed by Kishan of Door2Windows, Windows Taskbar Thumbnail Customizer enables to easily resize aero peek thumbnail’s size and some other things like maximum thumbnails, spacing, text height etc.
Download: Windows Taskbar Thumbnail Customizer (32 KB)
6. Quickly Switch between Apps in the Taskbar
Hit +1 to switch (or launch) to the first app in the taskbar. Similarly +2 will switch to 2nd app. You get the idea.
7. Add an Extra Monitor (or Projector) in a Click
If you Need to add an extra monitor on connect a projector, Hit +p. It’ll come up with few options asking which configuration you want (i.e., dual display, single etc.)
8. Some Win () key Shortcuts
+Down Restore / Minimize
+Left Snap to left
+Right Snap to right
+Space Peek at the desktop
+R: Opens up the Run Command Window.
+E : Opens the Explorer
+ + : Zoom in
+ – : Zoom in or out.
That’s all folks!
You would be interested in checking out our article on Comprehensive List of Shortcuts for Windows 8 [Keyboard + Mouse]
Know any shortcut that I missed? Tell me about it by leaving a comment below.