Tech Tip 83 - Windows 7 - Launching Pinned Applications Without the Mouse

Published: 5/21/2013 9:14 PM
Last week’s Windows 7 tech tip discussed how to pin applications to the taskbar. Today’s tip will show you how to open those pinned applications quickly, without even touching the mouse.

When looking at the taskbar, all of the pinned items or open applications sit to the right of the start button. If you numbered those from left to right, you can open them by pressing the Windows key and the number that corresponds to the position of the application on the taskbar.
By holding the Windows logo key and the number 1 at the same time, Internet Explorer will open. The same method can be used to open the rest of the items on your taskbar. Just be sure to use the numbers at the top of your keyboard, as the numbers on the right-hand keypad will not work for this.
To provide feedback or submit a technical topic/question you’d like to see addressed, please send e-mails to
Published 9/9/2011
Matt Jury
Office of Education Technology
Division of School Technology
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2020 ext. 2404
Fax (502) 564-1519