Useful shortcuts using the Windows key

Using a PC? Depending on your keyboard, you may have an extra key nestled between your Control and Alt keys with the Windows logo on it. This is pretty useful for activating a number of shortcuts to make your life with Windows a little easier.

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Using a PC? Depending on your keyboard, you may have an extra key nestled between your Control and Alt keys with the Windows logo on it. This is pretty useful for activating a number of shortcuts to make your life with Windows a little easier.

  • Windows + D will minimise everything you have open to show the desktop
  • Windows + L will quickly lock your computer
  • Windows + F brings up the search option
  • Windows + Tab cycles through your taskbar buttons
  • Windows + E brings up Windows Explorer
  • And just pressing the Windows key itself, brings up the start menu.

You can find plenty more nifty uses for the Windows key over at Microsoft's Support site.

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Lexy got her first taste of all things tech at an early age, playing long spells of Ski Free during the glory days of Windows 3.1. Originally from CNET's Sydney office, she now calls San Francisco home.

 

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