Mar 242014

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.