You know that you can launch apps displayed on your Windows 7 Taskbar just by clicking them.

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But did you know you can also launch apps pinned to your Taskbar with your keyboard? Here’s how it works:  First, locate the Windows key. It looks like this:

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Press it and the number key that matches the position of the item pinned to the Taskbar. To open Paint from the Taskbar below, I would  press the Windows key and the number 6.

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The numbering goes left to right and does not include the Start Button.

And just in case you’ve never pinned an item to the Taskbar before, it’s a great way to make frequently-used programs easily accessible and it couldn’t be easier to do.  Just open your Start Menu and choose All Programs.

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Then find the program you want to display on your Taskbar.

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Right-click and choose Pin to Taskbar from the dropdown menu that opens.

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~ Cynthia