Not many of us actually bother about that key with the windows icon on a keyboard. But did you know it can help you perform innumerous functions?? Here is an extensive compilation of commands using the win key or command key which can perform several tasks in windows or OX and its convenient and easy rather than going to the control panel or start bar.


Let’s try some of the shortcuts

Win — To open start menu in windows 8.1
Win + A — To open Action Center for Windows 10

Win + B — Opens the first icon in the Notification Area. After that you can switch between icons using the arrow keys.

Win + Ctrl + B — Takes you to a program that has received new messages in the notification area

Win + C — Shows the Charm Bar. Can be used in windows and 8.1; in Windows 10 it opens Cortana but only if you’re using a supported language.

Win + D — Shows desktop and immediately minimizes all the opened windows.

More Commands

Win + E — To open Windows Explorer in Windows 10. This will open Quick Launch by default;
Win + F — To open ’Find files and folders’;
Win + Ctrl + F —To Open ’Find computers’;

Win + G — This will bring all gadgets in process to the foreground. Applicable for Windows 7 and Vista. In Window 10 it opens the Game bar.

Win + K — To open a new Start menu
Win + L — This changes a user or locks the workstation;
Win + M — This minimizes all windows;
Win + ⇧ Shift + M — This will restore all minimized windows
Win + O — This locks device orientation and disables the gyroscope function on tablets
Win + P — This will switch operating modes to an external monitor/projector. Applicable to Windows 7 and above.


Win + Q — opens Search charm for installed apps
Win + R — To open ’Run dialog’ box;
Win + T — This switches focus to the Taskbar
Win + U — To open Utility Manager;
Win + W — To open Windows Ink Workspace, notes, screenshots

Win + X — To opens the Windows Mobile Application Center. Applies only to mobile computers in Windows Vista and 7

Win + Y — starts Yahoo! Messenger

In order to have this work, you need to hold Ctrl/Command and press one of the following:

O – opens a file
N – opens a new document
A – selects the whole text in a document or page
C – copies text that is highlighted
X – cuts text that is highlighted
V – pastes text that is copied or cut
P – prints the document that is opened
S – saves a document or a file
W – closes a window
Q – used on Mac, closes an app

Up Arrow – used only on Mac, scrolls to the top of a web page

Keyboard Combinations

Here are some multi-button keyboard shortcuts that you can use on your computer.

Using Control + Shift + Escape (Windows) or Command + Option + Escape (Mac) pulls up the task manager on Windows or the force quit menu on Mac.

If you want to take a screenshot of your screen on Windows., you need to press PrtScr. On the other hand, Mac has more options for screenshots. If you want to make a screenshot of the entire screen you need Shift + Command + 3. A snapshot of a particular area of a page is done with Shift + Command + 4. A shot of a specific window is done with Shift + Command + 4 + Space.

If you want to open the tab that you have closed last, you should use Shift + Command + T.

Using the Windows button + D will lead you to your desktop. If you want to open, the Find Files and Folders use Windows + F.

If you want to lock the workstation or change users, you need Windows + L.