Windows Key Shortcuts

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.

Ctrl Windows Key Alt

The keyboard image effects that you see above and below are being controlled through an external .css (Cascading Style Sheet) file. These are not actual images, but a carefully thought out list of CSS attributes that gives the appearance of a key on a Windows keyboard.

  1. Windows Key + E

    Opens a new Explorer Window. Probably one of the hottest Windows keyboard shortcuts. This one gets a lot of hoorahs!

  2. Windows Key

    Displays the Start Menu.

  3. Windows Key + D

    Minimizes all windows and shows the Desktop.

  4. Windows Key + D

    Opens all windows and takes you right back to where you were.

  5. Windows Key + F

    Displays the Find all files dialog box.

  6. Windows Key + L

    Lock your Windows XP computer.

  7. Windows Key + M

    Minimizes all open windows.

  8. Windows Key + Shift + M

    Restores all previously open windows to how they were before you Minimized them.

  9. Windows Key + R

    Displays the Run command.

  10. Windows Key + F1

    Displays the Windows Help menu.

  11. Windows Key + Pause/Break

    Displays the Systems Properties dialog box.

  12. Windows Key + Tab

    Cycle through the buttons on the Task Bar.

  13. Windows Key + U

    Displays the Utility Manager with accessibility options; Magnifier, Narrator and On-Screen Keyboard.

  14. Alt + Tab

    Toggle (switch) between open windows.

Here is a link to a picture of a clickable Windows Keyboard with detailed explanations of each key. Use your back button to return to this page.

Windows Keyboard


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