Using keyboard shortcuts in Windows® 7
Discuss the significance of keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7.
Keyboard is the primary input device of a computer. Keyboards can be used to input very large amounts of data into the system in a very short time. Majority of all applications and Operating Systems also come with keyboard shortcuts so that users can access all the different options without having to take their hands off the keyboard when they are typing. This is also applicable for Windows 7. Keyboard shortcuts can be best explained as combination of two or more keys which when pressed can be used to start or perform a task which would ordinarily require the users to use a pointing device. The functions of different keys on the keyboard of your system operating on Windows 7 can be configured to suit user's requirements and needs. As keyboard shortcuts enable users to access options faster, they would greatly improve the overall efficiency of user and the productivity of the system.
Following details mentioned below gives users more information about keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7:
- Managing Windows shortcuts
- Taskbar shortcuts
- General shortcuts r
Managing Windows shortcuts
Managing Windows shortcuts can be used to manage all Windows based operations using keyboard shortcuts. Some of the common ones for Windows 7 are 'Windows' + 'M' (for minimizing all open Windows), 'Windows' +'D' (toggle showing desktop), 'Windows' + 'Left/Right'(Dock window to left or right side), 'Windows' + 'ShiftUp' (maximize the vertical size of open window), 'Windows' + 'spacebar' (Aero desktop peek), 'ALT'+'F4'(close active window), 'Windows' + 'TAB'( Flip 3D) etc.
Windows 7 has an advanced taskbar that is very graphical and user friendly. Even this taskbar comes with keyboard shortcuts so as to make using it more comfortable and efficient. Task bar shortcuts for Windows 7 include 'Windows' + any number (to open pinned applications), 'Windows' + 'T' (cycle through applications in task bar, 'Windows' + 'R' (opens Run dialog box) etc.
Windows 7 has many keyboard shortcuts for performing general tasks on the system. These general shortcuts are not applicable to any one single program or application. Some of them are 'Windows' + 'P' (show presentation mode projector options), Windows +G (show Windows gadgets), 'Windows' + 'L' (lock the computer), 'Windows' + 'X' (mobility center), 'Windows' +'+' (zoom in), 'Windows' +'='(magnifier).
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