Show the Window Menu (Restore, Minimize, Close) for Taskbar Icons in Windows 7

When you right-click on an icon in the Windows 7 Taskbar, the Jump List pops up which shows a list of common tasks for the corresponding application. But where have the Restore, Maximize and Close options gone?


Fig 1: Jump Lists in Windows 7 Taskbar

To view the Restore, Minimize and the Close options in the right-click menu for a taskbar icon, press the SHIFT key down and then right-click on an icon. This shows the window menu (Restore | Minimize | Move | Close)


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Fig 2: SHIFT + Right-click on a taskbar icon

(Note that you can also right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu.)

Using Shift + Right-click on grouped icon Menu with show the Restore All | Minimize All | Close All options.


Fig 3: SHIFT + Right-click on a taskbar group icon

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7

Taskbar (Superbar) Modifiers

Shift + Click on icon Open a new instance
Middle click on icon Open a new instance
Ctrl + Shift + Click on icon Open a new instance with Admin privileges
Shift + Right-click on icon Show window menu (Restore / Minimize / Move / etc) Note: Normally you can just right-click on the window thumbnail to get this menu
Shift + Right-click on grouped icon Menu with Restore All / Minimize All / Close All, etc.
Ctrl + Click on grouped icon Cycle between the windows (or tabs) in the group

For other useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7, see Brandon Paddock’s post Windows 7 Beta hotkey cheat sheet.

2 thoughts on “Show the Window Menu (Restore, Minimize, Close) for Taskbar Icons in Windows 7

  1. Hello WinHelp,

    Just wanted to say “Thanks” a million for the tip on how to restore my windows.

    I am a Day Trader and I have close to 75 charts up at any given time over 4 monitors. But when I go to move one chart to another monitor and happen to run my cursor too high everyone of my charts collapse, and I was then having to restore each one individually.

    Thanks again for a job well done.
    CRD.

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