Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

I’m most definitely late to the party on this, but I finally found the keyboard shortcuts that I should have known over 2 years ago.

If you are like me and use multiple monitors with Windows 7 and don’t know about these shortcuts, you are probably fighting with window sizing and just how to fit multiple windows on your screen in a useful fashion.

All I wanted to do was to quickly snap 2 maximized Windows on one of my 24 inch monitors so they each take up half the screen. Every time I tried I would end up with one window on the right side of the right monitor and the other window on the left side of the left monitor. Not optimal.

Well, now that frustration is gone. to the rescue once again!

Below is a summary of the most useful shortcuts and a link to the lifehacker article for more.

Rest easy frustrated dual monitorians.

  • Win+Home: Clear all but the active window.
  • Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop.
  • Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window.
  • Shift+Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window vertically.
  • Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it’s maximized.  This one is the winner for me!
  • Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor.
  • Shift+Win+Left/Right arrows: Move the window to the monitor on the left or right.
  • Ctrl+Shift+N: Creates a new folder in Windows Explorer.
  • Win+L: Lock your workstation  Also, super helpful
  • Win+E: Open Computer
  • Win+R: Run dialog

For the entire list of shortcuts and more, check out

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