Windows Key Shortcuts

By Denise Monteleone

These first thirteen (13) shortcuts utilize the Windows Key which is located at the lower left hand corner and, the lower right hand corner of your keyboard between the Ctrl and Alt keys. If it is not there, then you do not have a Windows keyboard.

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Windows Key   Displays the Start Menu.
Windows Key + D   Minimizes all windows and shows the Desktop.
Windows Key + D   Opens all windows and takes you right back to where you were.
Windows Key + E   Opens a new Explorer Window. Probably one of the hottest Windows keyboard shortcuts.
Windows Key + F   Displays the Find all files dialog box.
Windows Key + L   Lock your Windows XP computer.
Windows Key + M   Minimizes all open windows.
Windows Key + Shift + M   Restores all previously open windows to how they were before you Minimized them.
Windows Key + R   Displays the Run command.
Windows Key + F1   Displays the Windows Help menu.
Windows Key + Pause/Break   Displays the Systems Properties dialog box.
Windows Key + Tab   Cycle through the buttons on the Task Bar.
Windows Key + U   Displays the Utility Manager with accessibility options; Magnifier, Narrator and On-Screen Keyboard.
Alt + Tab   Toggle (switch) between open windows.

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Last Modified: January 14, 2010
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