Quick Tip: Using The Windows Logo Key

Many folks at home are unaware of keyboard shortcuts. There are many shortcuts for many applications. Today, I want to tell you about the Windows Logo Key (for Windows 10) and provide a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use in combination with the Windows Logo Key. If you press the Windows Logo Key, which is located on the bottom left side of the keyboard between the “CTRL” key and the “ALT” key, the “Start Menu” will open and close. If you press the “Windows Logo Key” in combination with other keys, as reflected on the list below, you can quickly open (and close) various components of Windows without having to navigate menus.

Press this key To do this
Windows logo key  Open or close Start.
Windows logo key  + A Open Action center.
Windows logo key  + B Set focus in the notification area.
Windows logo key  + C

Open Cortana in listening mode.

Notes

  • This shortcut is turned off by default. To turn it on, select Start  > Settings  > Cortana, and turn on the toggle under Let Cortana listen for my commands when I press the Windows logo key + C.
  • Cortana is available only in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn’t available or is turned off, you can still use search.
Windows logo key  + Shift + C Open the charms menu (older version of Windows)
Windows logo key  + D Display and hide the desktop.
Windows logo key  + Alt + D Display and hide the date and time on the desktop.
Windows logo key  + E Open File Explorer.
Windows logo key  + F Open Feedback Hub and take a screenshot.
Windows logo key  + G Open Game bar when a game is open.
Windows logo key  + H Start dictation.
Windows logo key  + I Open Settings.
Windows logo key  + J Set focus to a Windows tip when one is available.

When a Windows tip appears, bring focus to the Tip.  Pressing the keyboard shortcuts again to bring focus to the element on the screen to which the Windows tip is anchored.

Windows logo key  + K Open the Connect quick action.
Windows logo key  + L Lock your PC or switch accounts.
Windows logo key  + M Minimize all windows.
Windows logo key  + O Lock device orientation.
Windows logo key  + P Choose a presentation display mode.
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Q Open Quick Assist.
Windows logo key  + R Open the Run dialog box.
Windows logo key  + S Open search.
Windows logo key  + Shift + S Take a screenshot of part of  your screen.
Windows logo key  + T Cycle through apps on the taskbar.
Windows logo key  + U Open Ease of Access Center.
Windows logo key  + V Open the clipboard.

Note

  • To activate this shortcut, select Start  > Settings  > System  Clipboard, and turn on the toggle under Clipboard history.
Windows logo key  + Shift + V Cycle through notifications.
Windows logo key  + X Open the Quick Link menu.
Windows logo key  + Y Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop.
Windows logo key  + Z Show the commands available in an app in full-screen mode.
Windows logo key  + period (.) or semicolon (;) Open emoji panel.
Windows logo key  + comma (,) Temporarily peek at the desktop.
Windows logo key  + Pause Display the System Properties dialog box.
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + F Search for PCs (if you’re on a network).
Windows logo key  + Shift + M Restore minimized windows on the desktop.
Windows logo key  + 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.
Windows logo key  + Shift + number Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key  + 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.
Windows logo key  + Alt + number Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows logo key  + 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.
Windows logo key  + Tab Open Task view.
Windows logo key  + Up arrow Maximize the window.
Windows logo key  + Down arrow Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window.
Windows logo key  + Left arrow Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key  + Right arrow Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key  + Home Minimize all except the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke).
Windows logo key  + Shift + Up arrow Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Windows logo key  + Shift + Down arrow Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width.
Windows logo key  + Shift + Left arrow or Right arrow Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another.
Windows logo key  + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout.
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Spacebar Change to a previously selected input.
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + Enter Turn on Narrator.
Windows logo key  + Plus (+) Open Magnifier.
Windows logo key  + forward slash (/) Begin IME reconversion.
Windows logo key  + Ctrl + V Open shoulder taps.

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