Tip & How-To about Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate for PC
Coming from Windows XP to Windows 7 was a large hurdle in terms of the user interface and keyboard shortcuts that go along with it.Thankfully, most of the XP keyboard shortcuts are the same as before. This guide will list the most useful and commonly used ones during everyday use! These are the ones I find most useful and save the most time overall, making me more productive.
The format is laid out so that the first key press (before the +) is to be held down while the second key (after the +) is to be hit once unless otherwise noted.
Holding down ALT and pressing TAB once will allow for a list of active windows to be selected from. Subsequent pressing of TAB will allow for scrolling through the list. Quickly pressing these will allow the functionality of switching to the previous active screen.
The selected items are put into the clipboard for later use.
The items from the clipboard are inserted at point of interest.
The last action performed is reverted.
This brings up a dialog box to search for objects on the currently active screen.
This selects all items in the active window screen.
Holding the Windows key and hitting L will instantly lock your computer making it very easy to quickly and securely walk away for a few moments.
The last undo action is implemented.
The selected items are removed from current location and put into the clipboard.
Performs the same function as a find but allows the user to replace what is being found with new text. F5 While in a web browser, this will allow the page to refresh or reload should any updates occur since last loading.
The left arrow docks the current window to the left side half of the screen while right does the opposite. WIN+UP Maximizes the active window.
WIN+M, WIN+D, WIN+SPACE
The minimize will reduce all screens to the taskbar while show desktop will allow reopening of windows with subsequent commands. The Peek allows for view of the desktop for reference but will return to the active window upon release.
Clear all but the active window. Similar to the minimize all but keeps the current application in view.
This shortcut allows for easy shutdowns if Enter is pressed right performing this shortcut on the desktop. If selected on an active application, it will immediately close the window.
CTRL+B, CTRL+U, CTRL+I
Allows quick editing of selected text to the specified format. If performed on text of the same format, then it will make it regular text again.
When in a web browser, performing this shortcut will allow a quick add to bookmarks instead of fumbling through the menus.
The window is Restored Down if maximized and minimized if in a restore state.
Now you can be on your way to managing your desktop even faster with these commands and not worry about finding buttons or reaching for your mouse all the time when your hands are already on the keyboard! The more you practice these, the more they will get used and help you become a more efficient Windows 7 user!
Posted by Christophe... on
Mar 11, 2013 | Computers & Internet
Jan 04, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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