My workplace recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7. It seems to have been well-received by most, as I expect most users are familiar with using Windows 7 and its various features on their home computers.

There are a number of shortcuts/shortkeys that are not always known to the common user. Mastering these tricks will (without a doubt) increase productivity.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the more popular ones:

  • Ctrl + C (copy)
  • Ctrl + V (paste)
  • Ctrl + X (cut)
  • Windows Key + Right Arrow (snap active window to right side of screen)
  • Windows Key + Left Arrow (snap active window to left side of screen)
  • Windows Key + Up Arrow (snap active window to top of of screen and maximize)
  • Windows Key + Down Arrow (minimize window)
  • Alt + Tab (switch back and forth between two most recent windows – similar to the previous channel function on a TV remote)
  • Alt + Tab – if you hold long enough you will get a horizontal list of all open windows. Repeatedly tapping the Tab key will move you along the list. Letting go on the highlighted icon will open that window.

For an extensive list, please check out this lifehacker article: