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Some K/B Shortcuts

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#1 Drew1903


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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:20 AM

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.

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:27 AM

Drew, when you copy/paste content from another website, you need to credit the author and also link to the website/webpage you copy/pasted this from. In this case, it's this one:


Also when I look at it, this is more of an article then anything else. In that case, you need to quote a bit of it, and then redirect the users to the website by posting the URL.

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 07:48 PM

Rule #.1....do as Aura says


Rule # 2....refer to rule # 1


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#4 Drew1903

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:47 PM

Rule #.1....do as Aura says


Rule # 2....refer to rule # 1

More like just standard fare anywhere.  What had been missed was done.

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