Oct 05

The Windows key or Windows logo key ("WinKey") is found on most modern keyboards.  Microsoft introduced the key with the Windows 95 operating system.  There are a number of very handy keyboard shortcuts defined using the WinKey.

To execute a WinKey shortcut, for example, WinKey + E:

  1. Press and hold the Windows key
  2. Press and release the E key
  3. Release the Windows key

Following are the standard Windows key shortcuts:

WinKey Shortcut Command
WinKey Windows Start Menu
WinKey + B Focus first System Tray icon
WinKey + D Show Desktop
WinKey + D again Undo Show Desktop
WinKey + E Windows Explorer
WinKey + F Windows Search
WinKey + Ctrl + F Search For Computers
WinKey + F1 Windows Help and Support
WinKey + L Lock desktop
WinKey + M Minimize all windows
WinKey + Shift + M Undo minimize all windows
WinKey + P Switch projection mode (Windows 7)
WinKey + Pause System Properties
WinKey + R Run dialog
WinKey + Tab Switch between open windows
WinKey + U Ease of Access Center
WinKey + X Windows Mobility Center (Vista+ only)
WinKey + Y Yahoo Messenger (if installed)
WinKey + 1 to 9 Quick Launch program
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Article published on October 5, 2011

2 Responses to “Windows Key Shortcuts”

  1. Erik Says:

    The show system properties one is pretty nice — I wasn’t aware of that previously.

    Another one not on there that I’ve been finding useful is WinKey + Up/Down/Left/Right for moving windows around on Windows 7. This comes in handy with multiple monitors as I can switch a maximized window from one monitor to the next (say, right to left) with WinKey-Left (dock to left side of right monitor), WinKey-Left (dock to left side of right monitor), WinKey-Up (maximize).

  2. Ajay Says:

    Thanx, i got new shortcut key………

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