I like my mouse, and I have a snazzy new 23″ touch screen monitor–so I prefer to navigate the Windows 7 operating system with the point-and-click method we have grown to know and love with graphical user interfaces like Windows.
I am, however, aware that keyboard shortcuts can be tremendous timesavers and that some people swear by them. Particularly for users who type a lot–your hands are already on the keyboard so it makes sense that you would capitalize on keystroke commands to minimize windows, open applications, etc., rather than taking your hands off of the keyboard, moving the mouse across the screen, and clicking two or three different options to accomplish the same thing.
Microsoft has always had some keyboard shortcuts, but with Windows 7 it made Windows even more keyboard friendly than before. PC World’s Rick Broida compiled a list of the common keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7 with detailed descriptions of how they work.