Master Microsoft Keyboard Shortcuts

A lot of folks can go for years without ever using – or figuring out how to use – that funny-looking key in the lower left-hand corner of their Microsoft keyboard. But the Windows logo key can help you switch between applications, clear open windows off your desktop, and a whole lot more. The chart below shows you how.
Key Combination
Result
Windows logo key
Open or close the Start menu
Windows logo key +PAUSE
Display the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key +D
Display the desktop
Windows logo key +M
Minimize all windows
Windows logo key +SHIFT+M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop
Windows logo key +E
Open Windows Explorer
Windows logo key +F
Search for a file or folder
CTRL+Windows logo key +F
Search for computers (if you are on a network)
Windows logo key +L
Lock your computer or switch users
Windows logo key +R
Open the Run dialog box
Windows logo key +T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar
Windows logo key +TAB
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
CTRL+Windows logo key +TAB
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D
Windows logo key +SPACEBAR
Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar
Windows logo key +G
Cycle through Sidebar gadgets
Windows logo key +U
Open Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key +X
Open Windows Mobility Center
Windows logo key with any number key
Open the Quick Launch shortcut that is in the position that corresponds to the number. For example, Windows logo key +1 to launch the first shortcut in the Quick Launch menu.
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