Windows Key Shortcuts
Or, I pilfered sources.
But hey, I’m not as bad as BuzzFeed, right? Although to be fair, I at least source where I got my information from, even if it is a shameless copypasta, exactly as it appears on the windows.microsoft.com website. But seriously, the windows keyboard key is helpful. Yes, I said the “windows keyboard key,” not “keyboard shortcuts.”
Most people tend to ignore the windows key. It’s just there. To do things is what ctrl does. However, the key is extremely helpful.
“But John, which ones are the MOST useful ones? Which ones do you use most often.” Well, I have my own compiled list of windows shortcuts I’ve found over the years and would have uploaded my own list, but since Microsoft’s documentation has really improved over the years, why not take the source them directly?
Ok, here are the ones I use most often:
+ Pause/break || brings up the system properties. Makes you look good to average users.
+ D || Brings up the desktop by hiding everything.
+ E || Summons explorer window for windows.
+ L || Locks screen. Protect yourself from those pesky pranksy coworkers!
+ R || Summons run command.
+ Tab || Cascades and slides through windows like ctrl + tab does, but with a 3D effect that makes you look like a wizard. Doesn’t work in windows 8, though.
Remember, some keys and features work in windows 7 but not in 8 or the forthcoming 10.
STILL need more shortcuts for the Windows Operating System? Visit the source at the windows page! And this is just part of that page.
|Press this key [ key ]
||To do this|
|Windows logo key +F1||Open Windows Help and Support|
|Windows logo key||Display or hide the Start screen|
|Windows logo key +B||Set focus in the notification area|
|Windows logo key +C||Open the Charms|
|Windows logo key +D||Display and hide the desktop|
|Windows logo key +E||Open File Explorer|
|Windows logo key +F||Open the Search charm and search for files|
|Windows logo key +H||Open the Share charm|
|Windows logo key +I||Open the Settings charm|
|Windows logo key +K||Open the Devices charm|
|Windows logo key +L||Lock your PC or switch people|
|Windows logo key +M||Minimize all windows|
|Windows logo key +O||Lock device orientation|
|Windows logo key +P||Choose a presentation display mode|
|Windows logo key +Q||Open the Search charm to search everywhere or within the open app (if the app supports app search)|
|Windows logo key +R||Open the Run dialog box|
|Windows logo key +S||Open the Search charm to search Windows and the web|
|Windows logo key +T||Cycle through apps on the taskbar|
|Windows logo key +U||Open Ease of Access Center|
|Windows logo key +V||Cycle through notifications|
|Windows logo key +Shift+V||Cycle through notifications in reverse order|
|Windows logo key +W||Open the Search charm and search for settings|
|Windows logo key +X||Open the Quick Link menu|
|Windows logo key +Z||Show the commands available in the appNote
|Windows logo key +,||Temporarily peek at the desktop|
|Windows logo key +Pause||Display the System Properties dialog box|
|Windows logo key +Ctrl+F||Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)|
|Windows logo key +Shift+M||Restore minimized windows on the desktop|
|Windows logo key +number||Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.|
|Windows logo key +Shift+number||Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number|
|Windows logo key +Ctrl+number||Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number|
|Windows logo key +Alt+number||Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number|
|Windows logo key +Ctrl+Shift+number||Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator|
|Windows logo key +Tab||Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)|
|Windows logo key +Ctrl+Tab||Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps)|
|Windows logo key +Shift+Tab||Cycle through recently used apps (except desktop apps) in reverse order|
|Windows logo key +Ctrl+B||Switch to the app that displayed a message in the notification area|
|Windows logo key +Up arrow||Maximize the window|
|Windows logo key +Down arrow||Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window|
|Windows logo key +Left arrow||Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen|
|Windows logo key +Right arrow||Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen|
|Windows logo key +Home||Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)|
|Windows logo key +Shift+Up arrow||Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen|
|Windows logo key +Shift+Down arrow||Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width|
|Windows logo key +Shift+Left arrow or Right arrow||Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another|
|Windows logo key +Spacebar||Switch input language and keyboard layout|
|Windows logo key +Ctrl+Spacebar||Change to a previously selected input|
|Windows logo key +Enter||Open Narrator|
|Windows logo key +Shift+period (.)||Cycle through open apps|
|Windows logo key +period (.)||Cycle through open apps|
|Windows logo key +/||Initiate IME reconversion|
|Windows logo key +Alt+Enter||Open WindowsMedia Center|
|Windows logo key +plus (+) or minus (-)||Zoom in or out using Magnifier|
|Windows logo key +Esc||Exit Magnifier|
STILL need more shortcuts for the Windows Operating System? Visit the source at the windows page.