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Minimizing screen shortcuts

by lmaccabi / April 22, 2004 10:41 PM PDT

Is there a shortcut key I can hit to minimize program windows on my screen? Whenever I start surfing the web at work I always freak out because there is this one guy that walks around and checks out what everyone is doing. I never understood what his problem is but I wanted to be able to minimize the explorer window with a click of a button instead of having to use the mouse to fly to the top of the screen and minimize it. This guy is becoming a threat and I'm desperate for some help. One strange thing i noticed about this guy is that he wears a name tag that reads "Boss" ,so I think I gotta kinda be on his good side if I want to keep my job. thanks a bunch for any advice.

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Re:Minimizing screen shortcuts
by Mailman / April 22, 2004 10:43 PM PDT

Look up "Keyboard Commands" in the Window's Help File.


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by Mailman / April 22, 2004 10:54 PM PDT

Actually, you could search: "windows explorer keyboard shortcuts"
In the Help File. Then expand "Natural keyboard shortcuts"

That should help.


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When MSIE (or most any other app) has the focus (is the active application)...
by Edward ODaniel / April 23, 2004 1:44 AM PDT

simply press Shift+Alt+Spacebar then press the n key

Go ahead, give it a go.

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Re: Minimizing screen shortcuts
by Rollo / April 23, 2004 2:21 AM PDT

There are (at least) two keyboard shortcuts: WinKey + D, which is a toggle, i.e. the same combination reverses it - this combo shrinks all windows and puts the focus on the desktop. WinKey + M is not a toggle, to reverse it you need Shift + Winkey + M, this combination is described as "minimses all windows." When all windows are minimised, use Alt + Tab to cycle through programs that are running, i.e. hold down the Alt key and repeatedly press Tab to cycle through the running programs, release the Alt key to maximise the current choice. Regards

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Re: Minimizing screen shortcuts - Addendum
by Rollo / April 23, 2004 2:30 AM PDT

Under Windows XP, both flavours, and on machines with multiple user accounts (that's all of them, right, or should be) WinKey + L, immediately minimises all windows and locks the computer to input, except by entering the current user's name and password or an Administrator's name and password: A very useful keyboard combination this one. Regards

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