Microsoft first introduced the Windows key in 1994 and from then on, made it a must for all brands that wanted the company’s certification seal with their operating system.
This button allowed Windows 95 to open the start menu in a more direct way and from there a series of functions and shortcuts were deployed that today allow access to settings, open windows and execute different alternatives by combining it with other keys.
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Key shortcuts in Windows 11
For the company’s latest operating system, certain commands were improved, taking advantage of unique features of this version:
-Windows+W: open the widget panel, such as weather, local traffic, news, calendar, and so on.
-Windows + A: open the quick settings panel, where there are options for volume, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, brightness, concentration assistant and more.
-Windows + N: open the notifications and calendar panel.
-Windows+Z: open the snapshot group panel to organize the application and multitasking windows.
-Windows + C: open the Microsoft Teams chat application from the taskbar, which will allow you to open a conversation more quickly on the platform.
– Windows + Up Arrow: place an active window in the upper half of the screen.
– Windows + Down Arrow: Place an active window in the lower half of the screen.
-Windows+K: open the connection panel to other devices via casting.
-Windows+H: open the dictation tool to transcribe speech to text.
More Windows key shortcuts
For the other Microsoft operating systems there is a long list of tricks such as opening the settings panel, searching for a file, managing the location of the windows, running the gaming options and so on.
– Windows + Q or Windows + S: Open the finder from the start menu.
-Windows+X: open the context menu of the start button.
-Windows + E: run file explorer.
-Windows+R: open the Run dialog box.
-Windows + U: Access the Ease of Access Center.
-Windows + V: open the clipboard.
– Windows + Imp Pant Petsis: take a screenshot that is automatically saved to the screenshots folder in the Images section.
-Windows+Shift+S: open the screenshot menu to decide which area to capture.
-Windows+G: open the game bar.
-Windows + Alt + G: if the former is on, it starts screen recording in the background.
-Windows + Alt + R: stop screen recording.
-Windows + ‘+’: zoom in with the magnifying glass app.
-Windows + ‘-‘: Zoom out with the Magnifier app.
– Windows + CTRL + SHIFT + B: if there is a problem with the monitor this command restarts the display graphics driver without having to turn off the computer.
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Shortcuts for arranging windows:
– Windows + Left: place the active window in the left half of the screen.
– Windows + Right: place the active window in the right half of the screen.
-Windows + ‘,’: hide all windows until you release the windows key.
-Windows + D: minimize all windows.
– Windows + Start: minimize all windows except the active one.
-Windows + T: navigate between the windows on the taskbar, then you can press Enter to open them when they are selected.
– Windows + A number: open the window located at the position corresponding to the number on the taskbar.
– Windows + Shift + Left or Right: move the active window to another monitor located to the left or right of the main one.
-Windows + ‘.’: Open the emojis window to be able to include them in a text.