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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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  1. Elinor Semira
    October 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    i usually use win+e and d.

  2. Bogdan Chirita
    October 27, 2015 at 6:44 am

    I think Win+Tab also worked in Win7.

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm

      Technically it did! But the function was changed in Windows 10. It's much more useful now. :)

  3. netmonkey I.
    October 26, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Windows and 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
    All you need it's there

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:46 am

      Thanks netmonkey. Both of those shortcuts were covered in the post, but they're definitely useful to the point of "can't live without them". Thanks for sharing. :D

  4. netmonkey I.
    October 26, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Windows+E
    Opens explorer

  5. Joe Lavery
    October 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    and...
    Win+Shift+ Left or Right: current window to other monitor

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:45 am

      If only I had a second monitor to make this shortcut useful, haha. Thanks for sharing, Joe!

  6. Howard Blair
    October 26, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Win + U: Opens Ease of Access Center (Win 7+, maybe XP...can't recall.)

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:45 am

      Ah, I never use the Ease of Access Center so this shortcut completely flew under my radar. Very helpful for those who need magnifiers, screen keyboards, and text narrators. Excellent, thanks Howard!

      • Howard Blair
        October 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

        I occasionally use Magnifier this way in order to help align elements for web design. Or just Win, type "mag" and ENTER...

  7. Sukant
    October 26, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Win + Break Display the System Properties

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:44 am

      I believe it's Win+Pause (Win+Break doesn't work for me) but thanks for sharing. Showing System Properties is definitely a useful shortcut.

    • computer wizard
      October 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

      It's Win+ Pause, not Break

  8. Sean Kelly
    October 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Win+Pause = system settings (Since Win98, maybe 95)

    Still the best way to find the device manager after all these years!

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:43 am

      Whoa, I didn't know that one. All these years I've been navigating from window to window in order to find that blasted System Settings page. This is a game-changer. Thanks Sean!

  9. Alan Wade
    October 26, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Win + S opens Search/Cortana

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:42 am

      You're right, thanks Alan! Do you use that shortcut a lot? I have Cortana disabled so I can't say I do. :P

      • Alan Wade
        October 27, 2015 at 7:24 am

        No Cortana dosnt work in Sweden, my search shortcut is click on Start then just start typing your search criteria, it dosnt get faster than that :)

  10. Tanvir Mahmud
    October 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Win+Tab: is also from Win7

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:42 am

      Win+Tab was in Windows 7, but its function changed in Windows 10. It used to be a glorified program switcher (similar to Alt+Tab) but now it opens up the Task View, which is a broad overview of all open programs. Small difference, but I prefer the Windows 10 version. Thanks Tanvir!

  11. Peter Buyze
    October 26, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Win+D is now different: it takes you to the desktop.

    • Trippy Eggos
      October 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Hides all windows and takes you to the desktop is pretty much the same thing, brah.

      • Peter Buyze
        October 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        OK, but I find it easier to remember Win+D = "desktop" instead of "hides ...", it's more logical to my mind :-)

    • Joel Lee
      October 27, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Hey, you guys are both right! Hiding windows and showing desktop are basically the same, but I can see how "show desktop" might be more intuitive with the Win+D shortcut. Thanks, Peter and Eggos. :)

    • computer wizard
      October 28, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Minimizing all open windows to the Taskbar is Win + M

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