Thursday, 24 March 2011

Keyboard shortcut of the week: Windows 7 Taskbar

After a long hiatus, keyboard shortcut of the week returns to 'Bloody Computer!' This week, we will look at new features of the Windows 7 taskbar.

You can open any program on the taskbar by holding the Windows key [shown right] and pressing the item number on the taskbar. For example, to open Internet Explorer on the following taskbar you would press Windows Key + 1. The calculator is Windows Key + 2, and so on.


If Internet Explorer is already running, pressing Windows Key + 1 will open that session. To start a new instance of the web browser press Shift + Windows Key + 1.

You can also shift focus to the taskbar using Windows Key + T. You can then use the left and right cursor keys to cycle through the items and press Enter to open them.

You can pin new programs to the taskbar by right-clicking on the icon and selecting 'Pin this program to the taskbar'. Once the icon is pinned, you can drag and drop it anywhere you like on the taskbar.

17 comments:

Chris said...

Very interesting. I just purchased 7 for the computer I'm building. Is it vastly different from XP?

Hyundai Air Conditioner Compressor said...

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ramaraobobby said...

Thanks for sharing basic keyboard shortcut tips on how to access programs on the taskbar. Windows 7 indeed boasts many new interactive features ahead of Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Clodan said...

Thanks for the valuable tip.. Now at least I have some new keyboard shortcut tips to make my typing jobs more efficient.

Flasheater said...

In my entire life, I seldom use keyboard shortcuts. I wonder why? Maybe I'm faster in clicking?

The Evangelist said...

Interesting tip, although I suspect it will be most useful for a few common applications that you remember the combination for.

If you know of any other new shortcuts in Windows 7, it would be great to hear about them.

Stepterix said...

Chris: There are a few changes in Windows 7, but nothing too extreme. Microsoft like to move things around in each new version, or rename them, but they are still there in one form or another.

HACC: Thanks for the subscription

Clodan: Feel free to check out the other keyboard shortcuts on the blog.

Flasheater: Horses for courses. I find that on occasion I simply do not have time to reach across to my mouse.

The Evangelist: I may well include more Windows 7 shortcuts in the future. Watch this space.

alex said...

nice , try it sometimes

CRM said...

Thanks for sharing basic keyboard shortcut tips on how to access programs on the taskbar. Windows 7 indeed boasts many new interactive features ahead of Windows XP and Windows Vista..

TeamA said...

Thats a great keyboard shortcut and i use it daily.

remote computer support said...

If you know all the shortcut keys on the keyboard you can work mcuh more efficiently especially when your mouse all of a sudden didn't work. In this way you can still use the keyboard as an interface for the computer.

Computer repair tech said...

When you know how to use keyboard shortcut keys it helps provide an easier and usually quicker method of navigating and using computer and software programs.

Parth said...

Thanks man for new shortcuts

Stepterix said...

Thanks for all the comments

murtaza kanpurwala said...

working great thanx for the keyboard shortcuts

Kevin Grieves said...

MK: You're welcome

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