Top 25 Windows Key shortcuts for XP and Win 7

Written by: Muninder

Updated: August, 6, 2010

Windows has been the most popular OS for all time, though there may be some competition between XP & Windows 7. But Microsoft doesn’t care about it, in any case its their brand “WINDOWS” which is being used by most of the people as their System Software.
It’s the 21st century & you need to do your work faster as 24 hours feels less today to complete our work & take quality rest. Shortcuts in certain places can certainly help.
So today I will list down specifically the ‘Windows Key shortcuts’ for XP & Windows 7. I’m excluding Vista from the list since I feel it’s not used that much & Windows XP/7 shortcuts definitely seems to work on Vista.


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Windows Key Shortcuts for XP & Windows 7

Sr. No. Shortcut Combination Result OS (XP/Win 7)
1. Windows Key Displays the Start Menu Both
2. Windows Key + E Shows the Windows Explorer Both
3. Windows Key + F Opens the Search Dialogue Both
4. Windows Key + M Minimizes all windows Both
5. Windows Key + Shift + M Restores Minimized Windows Both
6. Windows Key + D Shows the Desktop & Restores the windows, if pressed again Both
7. Windows Key + L Displays the Switch User Screen Both
8. Windows Key + Pause Break Displays the System Properties Both
9. Windows Key + R Shows the Run Dialogue Box Both
10. Windows Key + F1 Opens the Help Window Both
11. Windows Key + Tab Cycle through the active windows XP
12. Windows Key + T (Same as above) Win 7
13. Windows Key + U Utility Manager Both
14. Windows Key + Space All active windows become transparent & you can peek through the Desktop Win 7
15. Windows Key + Up Arrow Maximizes the active window Win 7
16. Windows Key + Down Arrow Minimizes/Restores the active Window Win 7
17. Windows Key + Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen. Win 7
18. Windows Key + Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen. Win 7
19. Windows Key + P Allows you to choose a presentation Display mode Win 7
20. Windows Key + X Displays the Windows Mobility center Win 7
21. Windows Key + G Cycle through the Gadgets Win 7
22. Windows Key + Home Clear all but the active window Win 7
23. Windows Key + Shift + Left/Right Arrow Move a window from one monitor to another. Win 7
24. Windows Key + {+/-} Zoom In/Out function Win 7
25. Windows Key + ‘number’ Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. Win 7

I have tried to compile the top Windows Key shortcuts, though left some of the less important one’s out of the list since I can only put on 25 shortcuts.
Do you think I have missed out on an Important Windows Key shortcut ? Was the list useful for you ? Leave a comment to share your views.


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