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Windows 7 Task Manager Shortcut Keys

Just like older versions of Windows, the Windows 7 task manager also offers great ways to manage your system resources. Let me share some common shortcut keys for navigating within Windows 7 Task Manager.

Windows 7 Task Manager can be launched by right-clicking the Task bar and choosing the Start Task Manager option. Alternatively you can also launch it by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Escape.

Windows 7 Task Manager

Task Manager Now let me list some of the common shortcut keys that work in Windows 7 Task Manager flawlessly. These keys are helpful in navigating between the menu bar of the Task Manager.

Ctrl + Tab Next tab (cycles to the beginning)
Ctrl + Shift+ Tab Previous tab (cycles to the end)
Ctrl + Right Next tab
Ctrl + Left Previous tab

That’s it, now you may quickly navigate within the Task Manager using these easy short keys.

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  1. There is great information on the page.

    Somehow, I have managed to have Task Manager occupy a full window for each tab.  i.e. There are no tabs visible.  Usinng CTRL+TAB, I can cycle through the various displays, but I am unable to get back to a tabbrd view.  Any thoughts are appreciated.


  2. I finally got the shortcut CTRL-SHIFT-ESC to work in Windows 7, when I pressed the LEFT SIDE OF THE KEYBOARD versions of CTRL and SHIFT plus ESC. The right hand ones would not work at all. Good luck!

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