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Shortcut mania

I've recently decided I should become better att using shortcuts since it is a way for me to strive to improve.

I found this article at www.idg.se about some simple shortcuts in Win7 that I didn't already know and that i felt I had to share. Even though most people probably already know some or all of these maybe someone will get something out of it. :)

These are all gathered from the article but translated so that everyone can enjoy:

Ctrl+Shift+N
Creates a new folder.

Win+Space
Basically it makes all the windows transparent and displays the desktop. Though I haven't figured out any scenario where I would use it other than to show everyone my awesome desktop background.

Win+Home
Minimize everything except the active window. Toggles back and forth.

Win+Up
Maximize the window or toggle back if it is minimized

Win+Down
Minimize the window or toggle back if it is maximized

Win+ Right arrow / Left arrow
Moves a window from side to side. Very useful if you want to tile them next to eachother.

Win + D
Minimize all the application windows. Toggles back and forth.

Win+T
Toggles between the applications on your task bar.

Win+1, Win+2 and so on...
Either open the item on your task bar or open a new item if there aren't any already open. Keep Shift pressed down to force open a new instance of that program.

Win+(+/-)
Zoom in or out of a program.

Win+Shift+ Left / Right
If you have double monitors then you can easily move a window from one monitor to another with these shortcus. Very useful if you have for instance a virtual desktop on one of the monitors and behind it you have lost one of your application windows.

Win+Pause
A very easy way to access system information.

F2
Rename a file.

Hopefully you'll find something you didn't already know. :)

The article can be found here at IDG in swedish:
11 smarta genvägar i Windows 7

by Jens Nilsson - 2 revisions
Published 2011-06-16, updated 2011-06-16