We’ve listed several keyboard shortcuts that can help you save time and with that, frustration, in your everyday life.
Keyboard Shortcuts to interact with windows:
Windows key+Home: Clear all but the active window.
Windows key+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop. Make sure to hold down the space bar.
Windows key+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.
Shift+ Windows key+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically.
Windows key+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it’s maximized.
Windows key+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.
Shift+Windows key+Left/Right arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.
Using the mouse to interact with windows:
Drag window to the top: Maximizes the window.
Drag window down: Restores down the window.
Drag window left/right: Dock the window to fill half of the screen.
Shake window back and forth: Minimize everything but the current window.
Double-Click Top Window Border (edge): Maximize the window vertically.
Shift+Del, then Shift+Enter: Permanently delete a file and bypass the recycle bin.
Windows key+E: Instantly launch Windows Explorer.
Ctrl+Shift+N: Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer.
Alt+Up: Goes up a folder level in Windows Explorer.
Alt+P: Toggles the preview pane in Windows Explorer.
Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds Copy as Path, which copies the path of a file to the clipboard.
Shift+Right-Click on a file: Adds extra hidden items to the Send To menu.
Shift+Right-Click on a folder: Adds Command Prompt Here, which lets you easily open a command prompt in that folder.
Windows key+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display.
Windows key+(+/-): Zoom in/out.
Windows key+G: Cycle between the Windows Gadgets on your screen.
Using the Windows key along with the numbers 1-9 will let you interact with the applications pinned to the taskbar in those positions. Example – the Windows key + 4 combination would launch Outlook in this example, or Windows key+Alt+4 can be used to get quick access to the Outlook Jump List from the keyboard.
You can use any of these shortcut combinations to launch the applications in their respective position on the taskbar, or more:
Windows key+number (1-9): Starts the application pinned to the taskbar in that position, or switches to that program.
Shift+Windows key+number (1-9): Starts a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
Ctrl+Windows key+number (1-9): Cycles through open windows for the application pinned to the taskbar in that position.
Alt+ Windows key+number (1-9): Opens the Jump List for the application pinned to the taskbar.
Windows key+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.
Windows key+B: Focuses the System Tray icons
In addition, you can interact with the taskbar using your mouse and a modifier key:
Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program or quickly open another instance of a program.
Ctrl+Shift+Click on a taskbar button: Open a program as an administrator.
Shift+Right-click on a taskbar button: Show the window menu for the program (like XP does).
Shift+Right-click on a grouped taskbar button: Show the window menu for the group.
Ctrl+Click on a grouped taskbar button: Cycle through the windows of the group.