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One of the more powerful (and probably least used) set of keyboard shortcuts involves the Windows logo key, which is common on most keyboards packaged with Windows based computers.

Usually, I tend to fall back on the menu system—or now that it’s available by default in Windows 10, I use the Cortana search box located on the Start Menu simply because I can’t remember all the shortcuts.

Unless I have a list of key combinations handy….

Windows Logo Keyboard Shortcuts
WindowsLogoKeyOpen or close the Start menu
WindowsLogoKey + PauseDisplay the System Properties dialog box
WindowsLogoKey + DDisplay the desktop
WindowsLogoKey + MMinimize all windows
WindowsLogoKey + Shift + MRestore minimized windows to the desktop
WindowsLogoKey + EOpen Computer
WindowsLogoKey + FStart a Feedback dialog
Ctrl + WindowsLogoKey + FSearch for computers (if you’re on a network)
WindowsLogoKey + LLock your computer or switch users
WindowsLogoKey + ROpen the Run dialog box
WindowsLogoKey + TCycle through programs on the Taskbar
WindowsLogoKey + numberStart the program pinned to the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.
Shift + WindowsLogoKey + numberStart a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Ctrl + WindowsLogoKey + numberSwitch to the last active window of the program pinned to the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
Alt + WindowsLogoKey + numberOpen the Jump list for the program pinned to the Taskbar in the position indicated by the number
WindowsLogoKey + TabCycle through programs on the Taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl + WindowsLogoKey + TabUse the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the Taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D
Ctrl+WindowsLogoKey + BSwitch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
WindowsLogoKey + VOpen the Clipboard app
WindowsLogoKey + ↑Maximize the window
WindowsLogoKey + ←Maximize the window to the left side of the screen
WindowsLogoKey + →Maximize the window to the right side of the screen
WindowsLogoKey + ↓Minimize the window
WindowsLogoKey + HomeMinimize all but the active window
WindowsLogoKey + Shift + ↑Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen
WindowsLogoKey + Shift + ← or →Move a window from one monitor to another
WindowsLogoKey + PChoose a presentation display mode
WindowsLogoKey + GOpen the Game bar
WindowsLogoKey + UOpen Ease Of Access Center
WindowsLogoKey + XOpen the context menu for the Start button
WindowsLogoKey + . or ;Open the Emojis window
WindowsLogoKey + Ctrl + MOpen the Magnifier app

 

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