Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys. Many actions and commands that you perform with the mouse can also be performed using combinations of keys on your keyboard. Moreover, Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort.
In this article, we list some shortcuts using the Windows Key, or WinKey, which work in Windows. WinKey is the key with the Windows logo shown on it and it is usually found between the Ctrl and Alt keys on your keyboard.
Here are the common WinKey Shortcuts you need to know:
Note: It is not necessary to capitalize the letter you press in combination with the WinKey.
WinKey: Open and close the Start Screen or Start Menu
WinKey + C: Open Charms bar
WinKey + D: Minimize all windows to the desktop. Press again to reverse action
WinKey + E: Open Computer in Windows File Explorer
WinKey + L: Lock the computer
WinKey + F: Open the Search window to find files and folders
WinKey + M: Minimize all windows
WinKey + Shift + M : Maxmize all windows after minimizing them
WinKey + R: Open the Run dialog box
WinKey + X: Open Windows Mobility Center
WinKey + U: Open Ease Of Access Center
WinKey + Pause: Opens the Systems Properties dialog box
WinKey + F1: Opens Windows Help & Support
WinKey + B: Sets focus on the Task bar, Allows navigation using arrow keys; opens applications on pressing Enter key.
That’s for the common shortcuts using the Windows Key. If you know the right shortcuts, you will definitely save a lot of time and effort as you work with Windows and other programs. For more Windows tips, click here.