Ever Wondered What The Microsoft Windows Logo Key Does On Your Keyboard?
For many computer users the Windows logo key on their keyboards remains a mystery. After all it pops up on so many of the keyboards we’ll use in our computing lifetimes but not many of us actually use it. Fact is, most people have no idea what the key does! But, don’t just ignore the Windows logo key — it can actually help you simplify what you do with your keyboard.
The difference between a computer user (i.e. someone who mainly uses their PC for word processing tasks) and a user with more technical skills/experience is often to be found in their use of the mouse and the keyboard. A user will tend to mainly rely on using both their keyboard and their mouse to get jobs done. Here, the keyboard is mainly used for typing and the mouse for navigation and task management.
But, most people with a technical background will use their keyboards for a lot more than that. They won’t need to rely on using their mouse as much to get stuff done. The keyboard is actually a rich source of shortcuts that can take you somewhere a lot more quickly and efficiently than your mouse can.
So, let’s take a look at some of the most popular ways that the Windows logo key can help you out here:
- Desktop — to access your Desktop from the screen you’re working in, simply press the Windows logo key together with the letter D.
- Lock your computer — to lock your computer press the Windows logo key and the letter L.
- Minimize — to minimize the windows you’re working in, simply press the Windows logo key and the letter M. To restore the windows once again then press the logo key together with the Shift and M keys.
- My Computer — to go directly to My Computer, press the Windows logo key together with the letter E.
- Run — to open the Run dialog box, press the Windows logo key and the letter R.
- Search — to start a search for a file on your computer simply press the Windows logo key together with the letter F.
- Search for networked computers — to find another computer if you are part of a network then press the Ctrl and Windows logo keys and the letter F.
- Start Menu — to access the Start Menu, simply press the Windows logo key to both open it and close it again.
- Switch between users — to switch between users on your PC simply press the Windows logo button and the letter L.
- System Properties — to check your Systems Properties box quickly and simply, just press the Windows logo key together with the Pause/Break key.
- Taskbar navigation — to switch through the programs open on your taskbar simply press the Windows logo key and the Tab button. If you want to open up a program here then press Enter when it is highlighted.