Jun 082007

Windows Tricks  and Tips

Windows Explorer Tips and Tricks
  • Shift + Click — on any hyperlink to open it in a new window.
  • Ctrl + + — Resize any list control to it’s contents.
  • *  — Expand any tree node and all it’s sub nodes in windows.
  • + — Expand any tree node
  • –  — Collapse any tree node
  • Shift + Click — on any folder inside explorer to open it in a new window with explorer bar at it’s side showing the path leading to that folder.
  • Shift + Enter – Does the same as above
  • Ctrl + Enter will open any folder in a new window
  • Ctrl + Double Click will open any folder in a new window
  • Ctrl + Double click on any explorer title bar including internal explorer to see that window in full screen mode.
  • Alt + Drag to select in columns.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F8 to do the above using keyboard.
  • WinKey + L to lock the desktop
  • Alt + Enter on any file to view it’s property pages.
  • Alt + Double Click on any folder to open it’s property pages.
  • Alt + Spacebar to open System menu of any window
  • Alt + – to open system menu of main child windows, for eg: Word document windows
  • Shift + Close button ( On caption bar ) to close all parent windows of a child explorer window at once.
  • Winkey + D — Show desktop
  • Winkey + M — Minimize all
  • Winkey + Shift + M — Undo Minimize All
  • WinKey + R — Opens run dialog
  • Winkey + E — Opens explorer
  • Winkey + U — Opens Utility manager
  • Winkey — Opens start menu

  3 Responses to “My Windows tricks”

  1. Good tips! I’ll add a one that I like to use:

    Ctrl+Click on task bar icons to select multiples.

    Now, Right+Click on a selected icon to be able to “Close/Minimize/Tile/Cascade” the whole group.

  2. Nice one thanks.

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