Windows Keys

The keyboard has two keys that perform Windows-specific functions.

Key

Description

Windows key

Pressed alone, this key has the same effect as clicking on the Windows Start button; it launches the Start menu. It can also be used with other keys to provide a variety of functions:

<®> : Open or close the Start menu <®> + <D>: Display the desktop <®> + <E>: Open Windows Explore <®> + <F>: Search for a file or folder <®> + <G>: Cycle through Sidebar gadgets

<® > + <L>: Lock your computer (if you are connected to a network domain), or switch users (if you're not connected to a network domain)

<®> + <T>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar

<®> + <X>: Open Windows Mobility Center

<®> + <BREAK>: Display the System Properties dialog box

<®> + <SHIFT+M>: Restore minimized windows to the desktop

<®> + <TAB>: Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D

<®> + <SPACEBAR>: Bring all gadgets to the front and select Windows Sidebar

<CTRL> + <®> + <F>: Search for computers (if you are on a network)

<CTRL> + <®> + <TAB>: Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Windows Flip 3-D Note: Depending on your edition of Windows Vista, some shortcuts may not function as described.

Application key

This key has the same effect as clicking the right mouse button; it opens the application's context menu.

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