Windows 7

20 Most Essential Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are always handy to improve your productivity and get things done faster. We have recently covered the most used keyboard shortcuts for Outlook 2010 and best for everyday use. There are many Windows 7 shortcuts as well which are popular and also commonly used ones. Listed below are the most common shortcuts for the tasks we use daily on Windows.

Windows 7 desktop

Most Essential shortcuts list:

  • Copy a selected item: Ctrl+C
  • Cut a selected item: Ctrl+X
  • Paste a selected item: Ctrl+V
  • Undo an action: Ctrl+Z
  • Redo that thing I just undid: Ctrl+Y
  • Select everything: Ctrl+A
  • Print: Ctrl+P
  • Switch between open windows: Alt+Tab
  • Clear away everything and show the desktop: Windows logo key logo+D
  • Minimize the window: Windows logo key logo+Down Arrow
  • Maximize the window: Windows logo key logo+Up Arrow
  • Compare and contrast in a snap: Windows logo key logo+Left Arrow or Right Arrow
  • Multitask with multiple monitors: Windows logo key logo+Shift+Right Arrow or Left Arrow
  • Open Task Manager: Ctrl+Shift+Esc
  • Lock your PC or switch users: Windows logo key logo+L
  • Choose a presentation display mode: Windows logo key logo+P
  • Zoom in, zoom out: Windows logo key logo+Plus Sign or Minus Sign
  • Search for files and folders: Windows logo key logo+F
  • Open a new instance of a program: Windows logo key logo+Shift+Click a taskbar icon
  • And when you need it…get help: Windows logo key logo+F1


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