Mice might be nice, but keyboard shortcuts save time.

The challenge always seems to be to remember them, the list is way long.  So maybe do what I do, and that’s to pick off one or two each day and build them into your routine.

Here are three of my favourites: (out of the extended list below)

1)   Win+D Minimise everything back to the desktop
2)   Win+Tab (more enjoyable than ALT+Tab; and pretty cool  if you keep hitting the Tab button
3)   Win+F Open the search window (how often do you quickly need to search for that darn thing!)

New in Windows 7 (plus some oldies for good measure)

The → symbol stands for the right arrow key, ← for the left arrow key, Win = Start key (with the MS flag logo).
Win+↑ Maximize the current window
Win+↓ If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it
Win+← Dock the current window to the left half of the screen

* If it is already docked left, it is moved to the right half of the screen
* If it is already docked right, it is restored to its original size

Win+→ Dock the current window to the right half of the screen

* If it is already docked right, it is moved to the left half of the screen
* If it is already docked left, it is restored to its original size

Win+Shift+← Move current window to the left monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Shift+→ Move current window to the right monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Home Minimize all but the current window
Win+Space Peek at the desktop
Win+[Plus sign] Zoom in
Win+[Minus sign] Zoom out
Win+P Open the projection menu (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)
Alt+P In Explorer, show/hide the preview pane

Taskbar Modifiers (New in Windows 7)

Shift+Click Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Click Cycle between windows in a group
Middle Click Open a new instance of the program
Ctrl+Shift+Click Open a new instance of the program as Administrator
Shift+Right-Click Show window menu

Managing Windows

Alt+F4 Close the active window
Alt+Tab Switch to previous active window
Alt+Esc Cycle through all open windows
Win+Tab Flip 3D [more info]
Ctrl+Win+Tab Persistent Flip 3D
Win+T Cycle through applications on taskbar (showing its live preview)
Win+M Minimize all open windows
Win+Shift+M Undo all window minimization
Win+D Toggle showing the desktop
Win+↑ Maximize the current window
Win+↓ If the current window is maximized, restore it; if the current window is restored, minimize it
Win+← Dock the current window to the left half of the screen

*If it is already docked left, it is moved to the right half of the screen
*If it is already docked right, it is restored to its original size

Win+→ Dock the current window to the right half of the screen

*If it is already docked right, it is moved to the left half of the screen
*If it is already docked left, it is restored to its original size

Win+Shift+← Move current window to the left monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Shift+→ Move current window to the right monitor (with dual monitors)
Win+Home Minimize all but the current window
Win+Space Peek at the desktop
Win+[Plus sign] Zoom in
Win+[Minus sign] Zoom out

Starting Programs

Win+1 Open the first program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+2 Open the second program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+n Open the nth program on your Quick Launch bar
Win+U Open the ease of access center
Win+F Open the search window
Win+X Open the Mobility center
Win+E Open Explorer
Win+R Open the Run window [more info]
Win+B Move focus to notification tray (the right-most portion of the taskbar)
Win+P Open the projection menu (generally used for laptops connected to projectors)
Win+Pause Open the System Properties portion from the Control Panel
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Windows Task Manager

Logging In And Out
While the below shortcuts seem unwieldy because of their length, they’re quite easy to remember once you try them out a few times.

Win, →, Enter Shutdown
Win, →, →, R Restart
Win, →, →, S Sleep
Win, →, →, W Switch Users
Win+L Locks computer

Viewing Folders With Explorer

Alt+← Go back
Alt+→ Go forward
Alt+↑ Go up a directory
Alt+D Move focus to address bar
Alt+D, Tab Move focus to search bar
Alt+Enter Open the Properties window of the current selection
Ctrl+Mousewheel Change the view type (extra large, small, list view, detail, etc.)
Alt+P Show/hide the preview pane

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