We have already covered keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 7, WordPad, Paint and other programs. Many Windows users like to use Keyboard shortcut keys as they significantly improve productivity at work.

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If you are a mouse addict and want to use keyboard shortcuts instead, here is a great tool that enables you view all active keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 7 easily. Although this program doesn’t allow you create new keyboard shortcuts from the empty keys, you can always create shortcut to launch a program or launch a folder.

ActiveHotkeys is a small program for Windows 7 and Vista that allows you view all the active keyboard shortcuts instantly. You can view the shortcuts with Alt, Ctrl, Windows, Shift keys. This helps you know which hotkeys are in use, and which are still available.

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This utility comes in handy when you want to create a new hotkey as you can instantly view which keys are still available for use.

If you are looking for a way to view all empty hotkeys in Windows to create new hotkeys and then to speed up your productivity, this is the best program you should go for. Finally, ActiveHotkeys is a standalone program, which requires no installation.

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Handy Shortcuts is a small portable program for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that allows you create desktop shortcuts for Windows programs and features with a click.

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With this free handy utility you can create desktop shortcuts for over 20 Windows features.

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You can create desktop shortcuts for Lock WorkStation, Switch Account, Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, Hibernate, Show Desktop, Uninstall Programs, Device Manager, Security Center, Windows Defender, Windows DVD maker, Flip 3D, Launch Screen-saver, Disable Windows Firewall, Enable Windows Firewall, Clear Clipboard, Connect to Internet, Safely Remove Hardware and a Master Control Panel.

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We all know how to hide Windows 7 taskbar by enabling the Auto-hide the taskbar option in Start menu properties. By hiding the taskbar you will be able to browse with more screen area. But it is a tedious task to open and change the settings again and again.

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Taskbar Hider is a small utility for Windows 7 that aids you create a custom hotkey to show/hide taskbar. The utility is very simple and easy-to-use.

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Download, extract and run this utility to see an Taskbar Hider icon in the system tray. You can use the default Windows + X keys to hide/show taskbar. If you want to create a custom hotkey, right-click on Taskbar Hider system tray icon and select settings.

Under settings, you can assign your own keys as the hotkey to perform this task.By default, Taskbar Hider will not load at Windows startup. Open Taskbar Hider settings and then enable Load on startup to load this utility at startup.

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