Aero Shake, Snap, and Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 7

One of the main purposes of Windows 7 was to develop an easier, more user-friendly computing environment for users. As a result, it includes some changes and additional features that make it easier for users to navigate. Windows 7 was officially released in October 2009. Have you made use out of any of these features yet?


Aero Shake

Faculty, staff, and students know all too well how easily cluttered a desktop can become when working on tasks and projects. We constantly keep several windows open at once in order to switch back and forth between programs. For those moments when you need to put all of your focus on a single window, you can quickly minimize all other windows with Aero Shake. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the title bar of the window you want to keep open.
  2. While holding down the left mouse button, shake the mouse slightly. All other windows will automatically minimize.
  3. To restore all windows, simply hold down the left mouse button and shake the mouse again.

Click here for a step-by-step video on using Aero Shake!


Snap

Speaking of having several windows/programs open at once, have you ever found it necessary to view two windows at once for comparison purposes? In the past, users have had to manually drag each corner of a window in order to place it as needed on their desktop. With Snap, users can quickly place two windows side by side for easier viewing.

  1. Click and drag the title bar of a document to one side of the screen. You’ll notice that an outline of the document will appear; filling up half of the screen.
  2. Once the outline appears, simply release the mouse button and the document will automatically fill one half of the desktop.
  3. Click and drag the title bar of a second document to the opposite side of the screen. Again, an outline of the document will appear. Once it appears, release the mouse button.

TIP: You can also view two windows side by side using a few simple keyboard shortcuts; WIN+Left Arrow and WIN+Right Arrow.

For a step-by-step video, as well as more on what Windows 7 Snap can do, click here!


Keyboard Shortcuts

And, of course, we all love those keyboard shortcuts that simplify switching between windows and maneuvering among programs. While some of the more popular keyboard shortcuts are still available, Windows 7 comes with several new ones that make it easier for users. Here’s just a few of them:

  • CTRL+SHIFT+N
    Automatically create a new folder in Windows Explorer
  • WIN+Left Arrow
    Automatically shifts the active window to the left side of the screen; taking up half of the desktop
  • WIN+Right Arrow
    Automatically shifts the active window to the right side of the screen; taking up half of the desktop
  • WIN+SHIFT+Left Arrow
    If using dual monitors, automatically move the active window to the left monitor
  • WIN+SHIFT+Right Arrow
    If using dual monitors, automatically move the active window to the right monitor
  • WIN+T
    Access and navigate among open applications in your taskbar
  • WIN+Spacebar
    Makes all windows transparent so you can quickly view the desktop
  • WIN+(+/-)
    Initiates magnifier for zooming in and out (+ sign zooms in while – sign zooms out)

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