I know a couple of the shortcuts that you can use with the “Windows” key. I was wondering the other day if there are more that might make my life easier. Turns out, there are!
I like knowing the shortcuts because I’m a keyboard user. Taking my hands off the keyboard to negotiate with my mouse is “time consuming” in a world where every second counts. If you’re a keyboard user like me, you’re welcome!
In case you don’t know, the Windows key looks like this:
So, here goes:
- The Windows Logo Key all by itself will bring up the “Start” menu. You know, the icon you tap when you want to cleanly shut your machine down.
- Windows Logo Key + L will lock your screen. You’ll need to log in again, but all your open Windows will still be there.
- Windows Logo Key + M will minimize all of your open Windows. This is also known as the “Boss” key!
- Windows Logo Key + E will bring up your Windows Explorer page so you can see how much space you have left on your machine and where all of your files are.
- Windows Logo Key + D will show you the Desktop.
- Windows Logo Key + Space Bar will show your Desktop for as long as you press down the Windows key.
- Windows Logo Key + T will cycle through your running programs on the taskbar.
- Windows Logo Key + a number will bring up the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
- Windows Logo Key + Tab will cycle through your open programs using 3D. (Try that one. It’s pretty cool!)
- Windows Logo Key + Home will minimize all your open windows except the one you’re currently working on.
There are so many keyboard shortcuts. Look for more tips in the coming weeks!
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