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 combination | Action
Windows logo key +P | Choose a 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.
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.
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.