Shortcuts for Windows 7

While performing routine tasks on a PC we often stop and grab the mouse to do something. It doesn't have to be that way because nearly all versions of Windows offer keyboard shortcuts that save users time by eliminating that repetitive reach for the mouse. Today, we look at a new shortcut available in Windows 7 where users can configure the taskbar with programs or folders that are used the most and use a shortcut to open or start them. Here's how to do it in two easy steps.

First, we will create the soon-to-be-used shortcut on the Taskbar which involves pinning a program to the Taskbar. For this example, let's use the Windows Calculator. Click the Start button and open All Programs. Then expand Accessories, hover the pointer over the Calculator, and drag it to an empty area on the Taskbar. When Windows displays the text Pin to Taskbar release the button on the mouse; the Calculator icon should now appear on the Taskbar. Move the Calculator icon to the left-most position (adjacent to the Start button) by hovering over it and then dragging it toward the Start button. The Windows key is usually between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left side of the space bar. To open the Calculator with the shortcut we just created, use Win+1 (the Windows key and the number 1 key on the top of the keyboard). Is there a faster way to open the Calculator?

Please know that any program or folder pinned to the taskbar can be opened or started with the shortcut of Win+1, Win+2, Win+3 and so forth. Simply configure the position of icons on the taskbar. In theory, place the most used program first, the next most-used program second, and so forth.

Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in computer repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at ron@ronpoland.com.

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