Windows key

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Windows key

A function key found on PC keyboards. When pressed with no other key, the Windows key displays the Start menu/screen. When pressed in conjunction with another key, it provides shortcuts to several Windows functions (see below). See Windows keyboard.

PC Keyboards on Mac and Linux
If a PC keyboard is attached to a Mac, the Windows key becomes the Command key. In addition, Linux and Unix operating systems generally support the key, but its purpose may have to be configured by the user.
Windows Key     Purpose

  Win      Display Start menu/screen

  Win-D    Display desktop

  Win-E    Display Explorer

  Win-F    Display Search dialog

  Win-R    Display Run dialog

  Win-M    Minimize all open windows

  Win-Tab  Cycle through open apps (not XP)

  Windows 8 Only (Charm Bar Functions)
  Win-C   Display bar
  Win-Q   Display Search
  Win-F   Display Search Files
  Win-W   Display Search Settings

Windows Keys
On desktop keyboards, there is usually a Windows keys on each side of the spacebar. A "Menu key" that performs like a right mouse click is next to the rightmost Windows key. See Menu key.
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To get started, click the Task View icon on the taskbar (immediately to the right of the Search box), or hold down the Windows key (abbreviated throughout as Win) and Tab.
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1 by tapping the Windows key (looks like a flag) and typing "Store.
Pressing the Windows key does the same thing, but it does so as a toggle between the Start and Desktop screens.
It's easy to navigate back to Start from anywhere in Windows by swiping inward from the right edge of the touchscreen and tapping Start - or by pressing the Windows key on the keyboard.
To check which programs are involved, hit the Windows key and R together, then type msconfig in the empty box.
For quicker access to the system's popular places -- like the desktop, Windows Explorer or the Control Panel -- press the Windows key and the X key on the keyboard to see a menu pop up from the bottom left corner of the screen.
Most involve pressing the Windows key plus some other key.
Hold down the Windows key and press Q to display the Search bar.
Traditional Windows key loggers are designed to operate in the background, recording each tap of the keyboard in other programs and then sending that information to a cyber crook.
However, the need to press Windows key has been eliminated.
Laptop users will welcome the faster boot and shutdown times, as well as the hot keys for presentations, like hitting Windows Key "P" to project to an external projector.

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