No matter what OS you use, keyboard shortcuts are a one-way ticket to enhanced productivity (plus you look awesome to friends and colleagues); Windows 7 has more cool new shortcuts than you can shake a stick at.
Windows 7 boasts a lot of great new shortcuts, but I'm focusing on several of my favourites. Check out the video above for a closer look. For those of you who prefer text to video, here are all of the shortcuts I highlighted:
- 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: Maximise the active window
- Win+Down arrow: Minimise the window/Restore the window if it's maximised
- Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor (If you've got dual monitors, adding Shift to the mix (e.g., Win+Shift+Right arrow) will move the window to the adjacent monitor.)
- Win+T: Focus and scroll through items on the taskbar.
- Win+P: Adjust presentation settings for your display
- Win+(+/-): Zoom in/out
- Shift+Click a taskbar item: Open a new instance of that application
Got a favourite shortcut of your own now that you've installed the Windows 7 Beta? Let's hear about it in the comments. (Apologies for the poor video quality... tried something new, but clearly it didn't work out.)