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Enable Windows 7 Shortcuts In XP And Vista

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Several new keyboard shortcuts have been added in Windows 7 by Microsoft, especially the combination of Windows and the cursor keys have created some interesting new options for Windows users. Windows-UP maximizes the active window on the screen, Windows-Down minimizes the window or restores it in case it is maximized, and Windows-Left and Windows-Right dock the active window to the left or right side of the monitor.

Vista and XP users do not have access to these new shortcuts by default since they have been implemented only in Windows 7. The free software Windows 7 Shortcuts adds several of the most popular shortcuts of Windows 7 to Windows XP and Vista.

The shortcuts that are added are:

Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to each side of the monitor
Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window
Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it’s maximized
Win+Space: All windows are made transparent so you can see the desktop
Win+Home: Minimize all windows but the current window

Windows 7 Shortcuts runs in the background. A right-click on the system tray icon and the selection of Properties opens a configuration menu. The keys used to trigger the functions can be changed in this configuration, helpful for users who prefer the functionality on different keys.

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The program has been created in the popular scripting language AutoHotkey. Some antivirus software programs have problems with AHK scripts, identifying them wrongfully as malicious. The script is especially useful for computer users who work with Windows 7 and another Windows system.

Windows 7 Shortcuts is available for download at Lifehacker.


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