Most Helpful Windows Shortcuts

Here are the shortcuts I use over and over again on Windows.

WindowsKey-e – Open Explorer
WindowsKey-l – Lock screen
WindowsKey-r – Open Run dialog
WindowsKey-m – Minimize all windows
WindowsKey-Shift-M – Restore all windows
WindowsKey-d – Toggle between showing the desktop and showing all the windows
WindowsKey-Pause – Show System Properties window (The same window you see when you right click and view properties on My Computer)
Ctrl-Shift-Escape – Launch Task Manager


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  1. Windows key + f == Windows search
    Windows key + a == select all
    Windows key + z == undo
    Windows key + p == print

    The list goes on…

    Comment by elsmob on November 10, 2008 @ 2:39 pm
  2. @elsmob Oh yeah, I use Windows search a fair amount, just forgot to mention it. Haven’t used the others – I usually use their Ctrl counterparts within the application.

    Comment by Dan on November 10, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

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