Friday, June 13, 2014

Do you know the power of WINDOWS key on your Keyboard ?

One of the more powerful, and probably least used, set of keyboard shortcuts involves the Windows Logo key, which is common on most keyboards packaged with a Windows-based personal computer these days.


We use the search box located on the Start Menu. But, as the following list shows us, there are definitely opportunities for increased efficiency within the matrix of keyboard shortcuts.

 Key combination
Action
Windows logo keyOpen or close the Start menu.
Windows logo key +PauseDisplay the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key +DDisplay the desktop.
Windows logo key +MMinimize all windows.
Windows logo key +Shift+MRestore minimized windows to the desktop.
Windows logo key +EOpen Computer.
Windows logo key +FSearch for a file or folder.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +FSearch for computers (if you're on a network).
Windows logo key +LLock your computer or switch users.
Windows logo key +ROpen the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key +TCycle through programs on the taskbar.
Windows logo key+numberStart the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift+Windows logo key+numberStart a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Ctrl+Windows logo key+numberSwitch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt+Windows logo key+numberOpen the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key +TabCycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +TabUse the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.
Ctrl+Windows logo key +BSwitch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Windows logo key +SpacebarPreview the desktop.
Windows logo key +Up ArrowMaximize the window.
Windows logo key +Left ArrowMaximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Right ArrowMaximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Down ArrowMinimize the window.
Windows logo key +HomeMinimize all but the active window.
Windows logo key +Shift+Up ArrowStretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right ArrowMove a window from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key +PChoose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key +GCycle through gadgets.
Windows logo key +UOpen Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key +XOpen Windows Mobility Center.

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