Windows Vista - Windows Key Shortcuts

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Windows Key Shortcuts on Vista

When you press the Windows Key on your keyboard it opens your start menu but did you know that you can use this with other key combinations to perform shortcuts.  These are:

Windows Key + M                Minimises all open windows to the bottom of the screen
Shift + Windows Key + M    Undo minimise all
Windows Key + L                  Log Off current user
Windows Key + E                 Opens Windows Explorer
Windows Key + R                 Opens Run Dialogue Box
Windows Key + TAB            Scrolls through each of your running programs

There are a few more less useful ones too - such as pressing the Windows Key and a number 1-9 will open the respective item on your quick launch bar.  Give them a try - the Windows Key + M is the best one I think to minimise a messy desktop.


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