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Handy keyboard shortcuts using the Windows Logo Key

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Submitted by Tim Roper on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Power users of computers know that learning a few simple keyboard shortcuts saves time over having to point-and-click your way through every task.

If your keyboard has a Microsoft Windows Logo Key on it (it looks like a window pane), consider learning some of these handy shortcuts to increase your efficiency.

large_Logo key

  • Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
  • Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
  • Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
  • Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
  • Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
  • Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
  • Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
  • Windows Logo+L (Lock the keyboard)
  • Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)

For information on using the Windows Logo Key to navigate between open windows using Windows AERO, see this blog post.

PS—For an update on the flooding in Thailand that’s affecting hard drive production, see this post on the CMIT Blog.

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