Many of us have Windows keyboards that include the Windows Logo key. This key is rarely pressed by many of us because we don't know what it is really for. In actuality, this key is very useful when used in conjunction with other keys, and using it can save you a lot of time and repetitive mouse stress. After some online research I compiled a list of what I believe are the most useful and functional Widows Logo key shortcuts. However, to take advantage of the shortcuts you must try them out, see if they fit into your workflow, and practice using them until they become second nature.

I found that Windows Logo + D for example, is very handy for getting all open windows out of the way to view the desktop. It didn't take me long to add this, and many of the other key shortcuts to my finger memory so I can now save precious milliseconds of time as I work on the computer.

The following is a listing of various Windows Logo key shortcuts. Depending on the version of Windows you are using, some of the shortcuts may not work, but all of them appear to work with Windows 7. You may download a more printable version of the shortcuts here.

Show the Start Menu

WINDOWS Logo

Help

WINDOWS Logo + F1

Open a Program on the Taskbar

WINDOWS Logo + Any Number Key (1-9)

Zoom In View

WINDOWS Logo + +

Zoom Out View

WINDOWS Logo + -

System Properties Dialog Box

WINDOWS Logo + Break

Move Focus: Start - Quick Launch - System Tray

CTRL + WINDOWS Logo + TAB

Maximize Window

WINDOWS Logo + Up Arrow

Restore or Minimize Window

WINDOWS Logo + Down Arrow

Snap to Left

WINDOWS Logo + Left Arrow

Snap to Right

WINDOWS Logo + Right Arrow

Restore or Minimize all other Windows:

WINDOWS Logo + Home

Peek at the Desktop

WINDOWS Logo + Space (hold keys)

Minimize all Open Windows and Show the Desktop

WINDOWS Logo + D

Windows Explorer

WINDOWS Logo + E

Find Files or Folders

WINDOWS Logo + F

Find Computer

CTRL + WINDOWS Logo + F

Bring Gadgets Forward to the Top

WINDOWS Logo + G

Lock the Computer

WINDOWS Logo + L

Minimize all Open Windows

WINDOWS Logo + M

Undo Minimize All

SHIFT + WINDOWS Logo + M

Run Dialog Box

WINDOWS Logo + R

Focus or Cycle through Taskbar Entries

WINDOWS Logo + T

Open the Utility Manager

WINDOWS Logo + U

View Projection Modes (for data projectors)

WINDOWS Logo + P