5 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

Being a common PC user, are you accustomed to using shortcuts to make your job more convenient. In Windows 7 Microsoft has also added new hotkeys to give individuals better control over their operating system. As a Windows 7 user, do you know these keyboard shortcuts? If not, have a look at the 7 most useful keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7.

1. Ctrl+Shift+Esc: Open Task Manager
Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc in Windows 7 works the same as what Ctrl+Alt+Del does in Windows XP. It will open the Task Manager. It’s very handy when your system freezes and you need to kill one or more Apps. It is definitely a better choice than holding down the power button and doing a hard reboot without a proper shutdown.

2. Win+Space : Quickly Show Desktop
Pressing the Win key and the space bar simultaneously makes every active window transparent so you can view the desktop underneath. It performs the same function as moving your mouse to the bottom right of the Taskbar. This is helpful if you need to access the desktop after opening several Windows.

3. Ctrl+Shift+N: Create a New Folder
When it comes to create a new folder in Windows 7, all it takes is a tap of Ctrl-Shift-N. This works in any open Explorer window, but also on the desktop. After the new folder appears, just type in a name as usual and hit Enter. It is very convenient. Just forget the old way of creating new folders.

4. Ctrl+Shift+Click: Open a Program as Administrator
Sometimes you are required to run some applications as administrator. To do this job, you need to right click on it and click on “Run as Administrator” so that you can make the required changes to the app. Forget it! In Windows 7, you can do it with a keyboard shortcut. You just need to point your mouse cursor on that program and then click on it while pressing Ctrl+Shift keys to open it as administrator.

5. Win+1, 2, 3, 4, etc.: Launch Taskbar
In Windows 7, using the Windows key along with the numbers 1-9 will let you interact with the applications pinned to the taskbar in those positions. It is helpful to keep your most used programs at the beginning of your taskbar, so that you can open them one after the other.