WinKey Shortcuts

Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and later has support for the Microsoft
Windows Keyboard, using the logo key on the

= display/hide the Start menu
+ Pause = display the Systems Properties page
+ R = display the Run dialog box
+ M = minimize all windows
+ D = minimize all windows. Press again and desktop
apps reappear.
+ Shift + M = undo minimize all windows
+ F1
= starts Windows Help
F1 by itself brings up
Help in the current application

+ E = start Explorer at Desktop folder level

+ F = start Find Files/Folders dialog box
+ F
+ CNTL = start Find Computer dialog box
+ B =
Sets focus on the task bar, navigate by using the arrow keys; press ENTER to
open applications.
+ TAB = cycle through
taskbar buttons
+ BREAK = display Systems
Properties panel

If you have the IntelliType software from Microsoft, additional special key
combinations become available, such as + C= Start
Control Panel.

+ L = lock the desktop ( XP only )
as easy, for W2K and XP, you can create a shortcut to lock the desktop:

rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

Copernic has released a free Windows Keyboard Enhancer for

  • Allows you to create shortcuts with the Windows key
  • Starts your favorite applications, folders and Web pages instantly
  • Automatically creates more than 10 useful shortcuts
  • Supports about 200 key combinations
  • Bundles a unique Task Manager (Win95/98 only)

Niffty utility: ShortKeys
is a macro utility allowing you to setup replacement text or paragraphs for
any given number of user defined keystrokes. ShortKeys monitors the keyboard
activity on a global nature and anytime a user defined keystroke combination is
typed in, it will be replaced with the replacement text.

Related tips:

Windows Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

Hot key shortcuts

Add Winkey to older keyboards

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