You may well know the Windows key on your keyboard and wonder what it really is for. Here’s how to use it for three quick shortcuts that make you more efficient.
Do you know the Windows key on your keyboard? Many people overlook it and may think it’s just a misplaced logo for Windows. But it is actually very useful.
If you press it, it corresponds to clicking the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen.
The Windows key can also be combined with other keys and make keyboard shortcuts so you don’t have to use your mouse.
Here are three Windows key shortcuts that will make sense.
Windows + D
Minimizes all open windows so you can see your desktop.
When all windows are minimized, you can press the Windows key and D down again at the same time. Then all the windows open again.
Windows + E
Opens Windows Explorer (Windows File Manager; not the Internet Explorer browser).
It is much faster than moving the mouse over the Start button in the lower left corner of the screen, right-clicking Start and then selecting Explorer.
Windows + F
Starts Windows search tool (“F” stands for “find”).