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The Windows Key has been around since Windows 95, and between then and now, it has evolved from a gimmick into something truly useful. Plenty of hidden tricks exist in Windows 10 Simple Windows Tricks You're Missing Out On 10 Simple Windows Tricks You're Missing Out On You use your computer day-in day-out. You better not waste time! There's much more to Windows than first meets the eye and we're here to show you its full potential. Read More , and this key is crucial for many of them. Here are a few that’ll make your life easier.

Note: this isn’t an exhaustive list of Windows Key shortcuts. These are just the most useful ones — so no matter who you are, you have something to gain by learning these!

Since Windows 95

  • Win+D: Hides all windows. Hit again to restore windows.
  • Win+E: Opens Windows Explorer.
  • Win+R: Opens the Run window.

Since Windows XP

  • Win+L: Locks the desktop.

Since Windows 7

  • Win+Up: Maximizes the current window.
  • Win+Down: Minimizes the current window.
  • Win+Left: Docks the current window to the left.
  • Win+Right: Docks the current window to the right.
  • Win+#: Switches to the corresponding program in taskbar.

Since Windows 10

Still itching for more? Check out these Windows 7 keyboard tricks 25 Cool Windows 7 Keyboard Tricks That Will Impress Your Friends 25 Cool Windows 7 Keyboard Tricks That Will Impress Your Friends Read More , most of which still apply in some form or another on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

How many of these shortcuts did you know? Which ones do you find the most useful? Let us know in the comments below!

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