October 2015 Tech Tips – What to do with that Windows Key?!

Here’s your quick Tech Tip for the month of October to help you be more productive. As always, reach out anytime! We are here to help.

The Windows Key – the key to unlocking many useful, hidden tricks in Microsoft Windows. Disguised with a flag icon, and banished to the lower corners of your keyboard, this button is often under-utilized considering the helpful shortcuts it can provide. We’ve highlighted the best Windows Key shortcuts below, as well as which version of Windows is required for each:


Windows 7 & Up
Win + D: Hides all windows, hit again to restore
Win + E: Opens Windows Explorer
Win + R: Opens the Run window
Win + L: Locks the Desktop
Win + Up: Maximizes current window
Win + Down: Minimizes current window
Win + Left: Docks current window to the left
Win + Right: Docks current window to the right
Win + #: Switches to the corresponding program in taskbar

Windows 10
Win + A: Opens the Action Center
Win + C: Activates Cortana listening mode
Win + I: Opens the Settings tab
Win + Tab: Opens the Task View, shows all open programs, allowing an easy switch


We hope you’ll find these shortcuts helpful! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!