Computer Tips

What does your keyboard Windows logo do?

... use keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse

by John Averell

Sometimes I get tired of mousing around. It is good to know about keyboard shortcuts which will save you moving your cursor around and clicking when a couple of keyboard presses will do it. A complete list can be found at:

Personally I have only recently found that the group of "Microsoft Natural Keyboard Keys" is useful. To use these you have to have a Windows keyboard with the Windows Logo key next to each Alt key (near the spacebar).

Microsoft Natural Keyboard keys

  • Windows Logo: Start menu
  • Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo+M: Minimize all
  • SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all
  • Windows Logo+F1: Help
  • Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F: Find computer
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray)
  • Windows Logo+TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
  • Windows Logo+Break: System Properties dialog box
  • Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item. (The Application key is between the right side Windows Logo and the Ctrl key.)

Another useful one is
ALT + TAB  which cycles between open applications.

Don't be put off by the long list. Don't be afraid to try them out. You might want to print out part of it and mark the ones that might be useful. So when your wrist gets tired, try some of these many shortcuts.

February 5, 2010

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