Windows 7 is the most keyboard-friendly operating system yet. Without ever laying a finger on your mouse, you can dock windows, quick-launch your favorite apps, enable external displays, and much more. We look at the ten best keyboard shortcuts that can be used in the OS.
Dock active windows: Win + Left or Right Arrow
A great shortcut for users with widescreen monitors, this combo docks the active window to the left or right half of the screen (depending on which arrow you tap), at the same time maximising it top-to-bottom.
Magnify your view: Win + (+)
Windows 7's built-in magnifier lets you zoom in wherever you place your cursor. Just tap Win-plus (that's the Windows key and the plus key) to enable the magnifier and set a 200 percent zoom level.
When you mouse to any edge of the screen, your view scrolls accordingly. The more you tap the keys, the higher the zoom. Of course, you can just as easily zoom out again with Win-minus.
Open presentation settings: Win + P
Good news for business users constantly struggling to get Windows to co-operate with projectors: A quick tap of Win-P activates a monitor-settings panel.
Click Duplicate or Projector only to send your display to the big screen, or Extend if you've connected a second monitor and want extra screen real estate.
Create a new folder: Ctrl + Shift + N
Forget the old way of creating new folders. In Windows 7, all it takes is a tap of Ctrl-Shift-N.
This works in any open Explorer window, but also on the desktop. After the new folder appears, just type in a name as usual and hit Enter.
Bring Gadgets to the fore: Win + G
Now that Windows' gadgets are no longer relegated to the Sidebar, they're free to sit anywhere on your desktop.
Of course, that means they can get obscured by other windows. As you now know, a tap of Win-Space makes those windows temporarily see-through, but what if you want to put the gadgets on top of your windows? No problem: Just tap Win-G.
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See also: How to optimise Windows 7