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HowTo Use the Windows Logo Key - Keyboard Shortcuts

sharpuser

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(Part 1 of 3)

You may be
- New to Windows
- New to a Microsoft Computer such as Surface
- New to using the Windows logo key
on your computer

Here are Windows logo key
Shortcuts

Items in blue may be particularly useful to Surface or Tablet users.


- Start menu (tiles) off or on

+A - Action


+B - Set focus in the notification area

+C - Open Cortana, start listening


+D - Show or hide desktop

+comma (,) - Peek at desktop until key released


+E - Open File Explorer

+I - Settings


+K - Connect (Bluetooth devices, etc.)


+L - Lock / switch accounts

+M - Minimize all windows

+O - Lock device orientation


+R - Run

+S - Search

+T - Cycle through apps

+U - Ease of Access

+comma (,) - Peek at desktop until key released


+Up arrow - Maximize


+Down arrow - Minimize or Un-Maximize


+Left arrow - Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen


+Right arrow - Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen


+Shift+Up arrow - Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

+Shift+Down arrow - Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
 
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sharpuser

sharpuser

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(Part 2 of 3)

Here are Windows logo key
Shortcuts

Items in blue may be particularly useful to Surface or Tablet users.

+PrtScn - Place a full screenshot in the Screenshots destination
+Fn+Spacebar (in that order) - Place a full screenshot in the Screenshots destination


+G - Open Game bar when gaming

+H - Share

+P - Choose a presentation display mode

+plus (+) - Magnifier Zoom in
+minus (-) - Magnifier Zoom out
+Esc - Magnifier off

+V - notifications
+Shift+V - Notifications in reverse order

+X - Quick Link menu (same as right-click on Start)

+Z - Show the commands available

+Pause - System Properties

+Ctrl+F - Search for other PCs on the network

+Shift+M - Restore minimized windows on the desktop

+Tab - Open Task view

+Home - Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)

+Shift+Left arrow or Right arrow - Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another

+Spacebar - Switch input language and keyboard layout

+Ctrl+Spacebar - Change to a previously selected input

+Enter - Narrator
 
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sharpuser

sharpuser

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(Part 3 of 3)

Here are Windows logo key
Shortcuts

Items in blue may be particularly useful to Surface or Tablet users.

+forward slash (/) - Initiate IME reconversion

+number - Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.

+Shift+number - Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

+Ctrl+number - Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

+Alt+number - Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

+Ctrl+Shift+number - Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator
 

ScottyS

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Seriously, I copied/paste all of @sharpcolorado 's shortcuts to a word document.
Send me a PM if you want me to email it to you, or you can copy/paste one for yourself.
 
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sharpuser

sharpuser

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The Windows logo character counts as an image, of which I can only post 25 on a page. That is why I put the list into three parts.
 

Tsurugaya

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Seriously, I copied/paste all of @sharpcolorado 's shortcuts to a word document.
Send me a PM if you want me to email it to you, or you can copy/paste one for yourself.
Wonderful! I use multiple monitors and use themes to get a little variation. Wonder if there is a hack that let's you make it a permanent wallpaper on one of the monitors?
 
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