Hidden Powers of the "Windows" Key on Your Keyboard. 8 Situations Where It Can Help You (+video Inside)

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Introduction: Hidden Powers of the "Windows" Key on Your Keyboard. 8 Situations Where It Can Help You (+video Inside)

Here's how you can give an extra boost to your productivity with some really unknown shortcuts.
I found on different websites, various uses of the largely ignored
"Windows" key on our keyboard. Turned out there are quite some
useful shortcuts this key can offer.

I made a list of them and then decided to select the most useful and put them in a video. So, there you have it.
Hope you find it useful.

Spread the word, send this video to other friends and ask them
if they knew these shorcuts. Actually, I had no idea about them until 2 days ago after I discovered a blog post about this key and started to do some research about them.

It's quite a productivity booster, if you ask me.

So, start using them and tell me how you feel about it.



Step 1: The List of the Commands

Here's the list of the commands shown in the video:
(for the users with narrow bandwidth/dialup)

Press "Win key" : Opens Start Menu

Press "Win key+ E": Opens up Windows Explorer

Press "Win key+ R": Opens the Run command.

Press "Win key+ F": Opens up the Search Files window

Press "Win key+ D": Shows the Desktop

Press "Win key+ D" again: Brings up all the windows back

Press "Win key+ M": Minimizes all open windows

Press "Win key+ F1": Brings up the Help Menu

Press "Win key+ Pause/Break": Shows the System Properties box

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    Wow. Being using Windows for over a decade now and this is really new to me. It's weird that all those OS-tips I have seen had never "revealed" these simple commands, thank you very much.

    Yes, you are correct. On a computer with Fast User Switching enabled (such as a home computer) Win Key + L would switch out your user and return to the home screen. On a computer with Fast User Switching disabled (such as a school computer) Win Key + L would lock your computer. Hope that helps a bit

    win key + any of the numbers opens up the corresponding quicklaunch icon ie. the person who wrote that win key + 3 opens IE has that as their 3rd quick launch icon.... my 3rd one happens to be my documents and that is what is opened when I press win key + 3.

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    Win + M Minimizes, but Win + Shift + M opens them up again ;) Also, to piss people off at school hold Win + E or Win + F1 down on their computers.

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    Everybody holds down Windows + E while you go out of the room. Fun if you do it, but not if youre on the receiving end.

    win key+u opens accessibility options just noticed that you missed that good instructables and really cool!!!

    I found them on various sites. Some of them were stating different things. So, for example try out the combination "Win key + L" - On the site you linked here they say it locks Windows. Yet on other sites they say this command logs you off. At my computer it logs me off, actually it performs the "Switch User" command and brings up the User List. Other users said it locked up their Windows. And, would you really wanted to know about the "Win key + U" command? Because it brings up the utility manager, a control panel for helping those visually and hearing impaired. Or "Win key + B" - try it out, it focuses on the first icon in your systray. That's also a useless command. All I did was selecting them and putting them in a video. But, if you wish, I will edit this instructable and put a text list also. ;)

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    Win+L locks your comp if you have you have your login password protected might be different on XP Home but I've only used it on pro.

    Win + B... damn. I could have used that last month when my wireless mouse ran outta juice. Instead I wasted 5 minutes of my life digging in the kitchen junk drawer. Hmm. we need an instructable on how best to dig through the kitchen junk drawer. loose thumbtacks buried in rubber bands and string is dangerous (or hilarious!)

    Winkey+3 opens internet explorer