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)
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.
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