Windows 7 and Windows 8 have a series of new shortcuts that are very useful. These shortcuts weren't available in earlier Windows systems. You can try these while you are reading this article. They will work in any window.
It is almost always easier and faster to use the keyboard than the mouse. But there are ways to use your mouse to do things faster too. You'll learn both keyboard and mouse tips in this article.
The WINDOWS key (like the SHIFT, CTRL and ALT keys) is a modifier key. Push and hold the WINDOWS key and then hit the other key specified to make these work.
Maximizes the window currently in focus.
If the window in focus is maximized, it is restored. If it is not maximized, it is minimized.
Docks the in-focus window to the left side of the screen. Repeat this shortcut to alternate between restored, docked on the left side and docked on the right side.
Docks the in-focus window to the right side of the screen. Repeat this shortcut to alternate between restored, docked on the left side and docked on the right side.
Minimizes all windows except the current one.
WINDOWS+NUMBERPAD+ (the + key on the number pad)
Turns on the Windows magnifier and zooms in on the display. Once the magnifier is on hit the WINDOWS+NUMBERPAD- (the - key on the number pad) to zoom out.
New mouse operations
To maximize a window, drag its title bar to the top of the screen. This is the same as the WINDOWS+UPARROW keyboard shortcut.
To minimize a window, drag its title bar off of the top of the screen. This is the same as the WINDOWS+DOWNARROW keyboard shortcut.
To dock a window on the left or right side of the screen, drag it to the left or right edge. This is the same as the WINDOWS+LEFTARROW and WINDOWS+RIGHTARROW keyboard shortcuts. To un-dock a window, drag it off of the left or right edge.
To minimize all windows except the current one, grab its title bar and shake it. This is the same as the WINDOWS+HOME keyboard shortcut. Shake the window's title bar again to un-minimize the other windows.
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