Essential Windows 7 Shortcuts

Windows 7 Keyboard shortcuts with Windows Logo Key.

Key combination

Action

Windows logo key Open or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key +Pause Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key +D Display the desktop.
Windows logo key +M Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key +Shift+M Restore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key +E Open Computer.
Windows logo key +F Search for a file or folder.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +F Search for computers (if you’re on a network).
Windows logo key +L Lock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key +R Open the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key +T Cycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key+number Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift+Windows logo key+number Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl+Windows logo key+number Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt+Windows logo key+number Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key +Tab Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +B Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Windows logo key +Spacebar Preview the desktop.
Windows logo key +Up Arrow Maximize the window.
Windows logo key +Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Down Arrow Minimize the window.
Windows logo key +Home Minimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key +Shift+Up Arrow Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow Move a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key +P Choose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key +G Cycle through gadgets.
Windows logo key +U Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key +X Open Windows Mobility Center.

Courtesy : Microsoft & TechRepublic

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Automatically elevating UAC in Windows 7 joined in a Domain Account

Until I’m connected to my workplace domain network everything worked fine for me in Windows 7 with Admin user. I faced no problem in running Visual studio and executing batch files. For the things which I want to run/open/execute with Administrator privilege I was able to permanently set it through “Run this program as an Administrator” privilege level in the “Properties” dialog. But once joined into the domain account, this option gets disabled.

For the past 10 days I was annoyed on clicking the “Yes” button on Windows 7’s UAC whenever I open Visual Studio. The simpler solution for this is to disable the UAC but that does not solve the problem since after that Visual Studio will be running in normal mode which is a restricted one and not in the Admin mode, which gives the full control from virtual directory creation, IIS configuration etc.

For those who are using Windows 7 in the development environment connected with a Domain Account, here is a handy tip to overcome the UAC annoyance.”You must be an administrative user to perform the following steps”

Step 1: Click start Button and type gpedit.msc on the search box.

Windows 7 Start Menu Search

Step 2: In the Group Policy Editor window navigate to Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Security Options.

Group Policy Editor

Step 3: Configure the following setting.

User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode – Set its value to Elevate without prompting.

User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation – Set its value to Disabled.

User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations – Set its value to Disabled.

User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode – Set its value to Disabled.

Windows 7 Start Menu Search

Group Policy Editor

Step 4: Restart the computer. That’s it you are done.

cheers,

yenkay

Remote Desktop Shortcuts

Remote Desktop has some really handy shortcuts that are documented right there in the help file:

Shortcut key Description
ALT+PAGE UP Switches between programs from left to right.
ALT+PAGE DOWN Switches between programs from right to left.
ALT+INSERT Cycles through the programs in the order they were started.
ALT+HOME Displays the Start menu.
CTRL+ALT+BREAK Switches the client between a window and full screen.
CTRL+ALT+END Brings up the Windows Security dialog box.
ALT+DELETE Displays the Windows menu.
CTRL+ALT+Minus (-) symbol on the numeric keypad Places a snapshot of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrintScrn on a local computer.)
CTRL+ALT+Plus (+) symbol on the numeric keypad Places a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing ALT+PrintScrn on a local computer.)

courtesy : Mike Wilbur’s Blog