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Favorite Windows Key Shortcuts

Could it be that the older you are the more likely you are to use keyboard shortcuts? If you started using a computer before the advent of the mouse, the keyboard shortcut may be second nature to you. Whether you are an old hand at shortcuts or a newbie, try a couple from this very short list of favorite Windows Key shortcuts. They are easy to remember and very efficient. Add a couple to your repertoire this week and a few more next week. You may be surprised how powerful they make you feel and how much time they save.

  1. WinKey: Opens "Start" (Then use arrow keys to move to your selection and hit the enter key to select)
  2. WinKey + D: Brings the desktop to the top
  3. WinKey + M: Minimizes all windows - (great escape)
  4. WinKey + Shift + M: Undo either of the previous shortcuts
  5. WinKey + E: Open Microsoft Explorer (My Computer)
  6. WinKey + L: Lock the computer (Windows XP and above)

This tip is courtesy of Diane L. Ebersole, PMRC Advisor, State Bar of Michigan.

Published October 6, 2010

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