Super Useful Windows Key Shortcuts You Don’t Know…But Should!

The Windows key is a standard key on most keyboards on computers built to use a Windows operating system. It is labeled with a Windows logo, and is usually placed between the Ctrl and Alt keys on the left side of the keyboard; there may be a second identical key on the right side as well.

Top Windows Key Shortcuts

Key combinationAction

Windows logo key +P  | Choose a presentation display mode

1-Presentation Display Mode

This one is great if you’re a presenter and need to change your display to incorporate a projector or 2nd external screen. 

Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow  | Move a window from one monitor to another.

Super quick and useful way to swap windows to another screen.

Windows logo key  | Open or close the Start menu.

I probably use this one more than any other. 

Windows logo key +D  | Display the desktop.

Next to the one above, this one is a close second for getting the most use by me. 

Windows logo key +M  | Minimize all windows.

Another one of my favorites.

Windows logo key +Shift+M  | Restore minimized windows to the desktop.

Bring it all back.

Windows logo key +Up Arrow | Maximize the window.

Windows logo key +Left Arrow | Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.

Windows logo key +Right Arrow | Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.

Windows logo key +Down Arrow | Minimize the window.

Windows logo key +Home | Minimize all but the active window.

Windows logo key +E   | Open Computer.

Hmmm…how many of these can be a favorite? I use this one a ton too.

Windows logo key +F Search for a file or folder.

2-Find Files

I prefer Search Everything for this job, but this works well for simple searches.

Windows logo key +L   | Lock your computer or switch users.

Windows logo key +T   | Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Windows logo key +Tab | Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

3-Cycle Programs AeroStyle

A cool alternative to the old ALT + TAB way of cycling through open programs.

Windows logo key+number   | Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Have I mentioned that I like keyboard shortcuts?!?

More Windows Key Tricks

Shift+Windows logo key+number   | Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows logo key+number   | Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt+Windows logo key+number | Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Same as Windows key + tab above 

Ctrl+Windows logo key + B | Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.

Windows logo key + Spacebar | Preview the desktop.

Windows logo key + Shift+Up Arrow | Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.

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3 thoughts on “Super Useful Windows Key Shortcuts You Don’t Know…But Should!

  1. Hi Mike!

    Thanks so much for the post and the tips . . . I only knew 2 in the entire list before now (facepalm) but learnt a few more I will surely be using (oh I’ve started using) and they are cool tips to help me work smarter and not necessarily harder!

    Thanks again.

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