Master of the keyboard: The Windows-logo key
Arguably the most powerful key on the Windows keyboard is the one with the Windows logo embossed on it — commonly referred to as the Winkey. As you’ll see below, combining that key with another lets you do many useful things. (Note: Most of the following are simple two-key combos; unless specifically shown, they’re not Winkey + Shift + [letter].)
- Winkey + A – Opens the Action Center, giving quick access to the Windows Notification bar. (It’s new to Win10.)
- Winkey + B – Sets focus on the Show hidden icons icon in the taskbar. (In Win8, this combo switched to the Desktop from the Metro Start Screen.)
- Winkey + C – Opens Cortana in listening mode, if you have Microsoft’s AI assistant enabled. (Previously, this opened Win8’s Charms menu.)
- Winkey + D – Displays and hides all open applications on the desktop. (In Win8, this combo toggled between Desktop and Start screen.)
- Winkey + E – Opens File Explorer — as it has in previous Windows versions.
- Winkey + H – Opens the Share charm. (I bet you didn’t know that Win10 has remnants of the Win8 charms bar.)
- Winkey + I – Opens the Settings panel.
- Winkey + K – Opens the wireless connection panel to quickly connect to wireless devices such as printers, Bluetooth, mice, keyboards, and others.)
- Winkey + L – Locks the PC and returns you to the sign-in screen; it’s also a quick way to switch accounts.
- Winkey + M – Minimizes all open windows.
- Winkey + Shift + M – Restores minimized windows on desktop.
- Winkey + O – Locks device orientation on tablets and some laptops.
- Winkey + P – Offers quick access to Project mode, letting you choose a presentation mode for projectors or second monitors.
- Winkey + R – Opens the Run dialog box. If you type “cmd” there, you’ll open a command-prompt window. (Win10 has new commands; more on that below.)
- Winkey + S – Opens the search-bar window, where you can change search settings and enable/disable Cortana. If location services are switched on, items such as nearby restaurants, movie times, and other local events will appear. (This is new in Win10.)
- Winkey + T – Cycles through apps on the taskbar, starting with the left-most app.
- Winkey + U – Opens the Ease of Access Center; if your sound is on, you’ll hear an audible assistant (Narrator) introduce available functions. Otherwise, just click your selection.
- Winkey + V – Cycles through notifications if you have any pending; if none, this combo does nothing.
- Winkey + X – Opens the Quick Link menu in the lower-left corner of the desktop. (This menu can also be opened by right-clicking the Start button.)
Other Winkey shortcuts for editing/navigation
Some of Win10’s new features have accompanying key combos. For example:
Winkey + Tab opens Task view, which displays large thumbnails of all open applications. Alt + Tab performs a similar function.
Edited by Drew1903, 20 August 2015 - 03:08 PM.