Tech Corner

 

Most of us have a special key on our keyboard known as the Windows key. It is easy to spot; it's the key with the Windows 4-pane logo on it. This special key usually resides on either side of your space bar, next to the ALT key.

The Windows key was introduced upon the release of Windows95 for those lucky enough to own a genuine “Windows 95 keyboard”. Microsoft learned more from the folks at Apple than just the GUI environment, as the Windows key is Redmond 's answer to the Apple key, a fixture on Macs since the eighties.

Many of us sadly neglect this handy little tool but for the initiated it can save you time. Don't let the Windows key be the province of only those deemed to be “power users”, unleash its power for yourself.

Here are some of the time savers available via the Windows key:

Windows Key

Display Start Menu

Windows Key + D

Minimize or Restore all Windows

Windows Key + E

Display Windows Explorer

Windows Key + F

Display Find: all files

Windows Key + Ctrl + F

Display Find: computer

Windows Key + F1

Display Help

Windows Key + M

Minimize all open

Windows

Windows Key + Shift + M

Undo Minimize all open Windows

Windows Key + R

Display the Run command

Windows Key + U

Opens the Utility Manager

Windows Key + Break

Display system properties dialog box

While we're at it lets don't forget those classic keyboard shortcuts. Here are my favorites:

Copy

CTRL + C

 

Cut

CTRL + X

Paste

CTRL + V

Undo

CTRL + Z

Select all

CTRL + A

So give that mouse a break! Take advantage of the shortcuts at your fingertips !

 

 

 

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