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Using the Windows Key

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Introduction

Take a look at your computer's keyboard. It most likely has a "Windows Key". This key has the familar Microsoft Windows logo. It should be between the CTRL and ALT keys.

What does this key do? Most users have already found out that it will make the Start menu appear. The Windows key is meant to do much more than this, and allows you to access many Windows utilities with it.

This How-To Article will show you the most common shortcuts used with this key, and what they do.


Using the Windows Key

Note: when you see a key combination such as Windows Key + E, it means that you must hold down the Windows Key and press the letter "E" on the keyboard.

Windows Key - just pressing the Windows Key will make the Start Menu appear on your screen.

Windows Key + E - pressing these keys will execute the Windows Explorer.

Windows Key + M - this shortcut is helpful if you are working with lots of windows. Pressing this combination will cause all of the windows on the screen to minimize.

Windows Key + F - trying to quickly find a file? Pressing these keys will open the File Finder window.

Windows Key + R - this shortcut will show the "Run..." window, allowing you to easily run programs.

CTRL + Windows Key + F - on a network? This shortcut will display the Find Computer window, allowing you to search for a computer on your network.

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