The Windows Key

This is a rarely used key on the keyboard, but it can simplify a few tasks. It is used like a Shift key - press and hold the windows key, tap (press and release) one of the special keys listed below; finally release the windows key.

Special Combinations

Start Menu
- R Run dialog box
- M Minimize all
- <F1> Help
- E Windows Explorer
- F Find files or folders
- D Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
- <Break> System Properties dialog box

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A summary of all the special key sequences that can be used in Windows can be found at

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