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How To Make Use Of Windows Key In 20+ Ways

Hi! Everyone, hope you all are fine.
Today in this post I will tell you how you can use Windows Key in many different ways. Windows key is the which have four squares made on it and stuck in the middle of Ctrl and Alt key (left side of your keyboard), Mostly use (if anyone use it)as the shortcut key for opening Start menu at the down-left corner of your screen.


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Below I will refer Windows key as Windows icon ⊞

  1. ⊞ : Start menu
  2. ⊞ + B = Focus on Notification bar (beside where you see time)
  3. ⊞ + D = Minimize all window and goes to the desktop (if you press it twice it will reopen all the window which get minimize)
  4. ⊞ + E = Windows Explorer
  5. ⊞ + F = Search window (to search files and folder in your computer)
  6. ⊞ + G = Bring Windows Sidebar gadgets in front and makes the focus it
  7. ⊞ + L = Lock the active user (if it is password protected) and switch user
  8. ⊞ + R = Opens Run dialog box
  9. ⊞ + T = Focus on items opened in Taskbar
  10. ⊞ + U = Open Utility Manager also known as Ease of Access
  11. ⊞ + M = Minimize all window
  12. ⊞ + Shift + M = Restore windows that were minimized with ⊞ + M
  13. ⊞ + F1 = Windows Help window
  14. ⊞ + Alt + Entre ↵ = Open Window Media Center
  15. ⊞ + 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 and so on = Switch between windows
  16. ⊞ + + / - = Open the Magnifier Utility
  17. ⊞ + Ctrl + F = Find Computer
  18. ⊞ + Ctrl + Alt + Entre ↵ = Open Properties of any selected files and folder
  19. ⊞ + Tab ⇆ = Change/cycle focus on desktop and Taskbar (may not work if all application is not minimize)
  20. ⊞ + Pause / Break = System Properties
  21. ⊞ + Shift + / arrow key = Move the active window from one monitor to the other (when more than one monitor is used)
  22. ⊞ + Ctrl + Tab ⇆ = Focus goes to Quick launch toolbar (use Tab, left arrow and right arrow key to navigate) (may not work if all application is not minimize)

Note: – Some of the function may not work in Windows XP. If you don’t have Windows key on your keyboard then you can use Ctrl + Esc to open Start menu.

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