WinKey Shortcuts

by Wayne Maples [Published on 18 May 2004 / Last Updated on 18 May 2004]

WinKey keyboard shortcuts in NT. Waynes NT Resources is Windows NT support site with an extensive Windows NT Registry Index, Tips for Windows NT Administrators, Tips for Windows NT workstation users, book recommendations for nt admins and nt users on topics such as administration, nt domain, remote access, security, integration, backup and restore, basics, dns, event logging, logon administration, iis, mcse, routers, intrusion detection, hacking, windows2000, nt2000, performance tuning and monitor, windows scripting, perl, windows resource kits, troubleshooting problems, server and tcp/ip. There is also an extensive set of links to Windows NT resource sites found elsewhere on web with a focus on Windows NT Security Guidelines, security scanners, newletters, windows nt faqs, windows nt tutorials, windows nt whitepapers, windows nt security sites, windows nt software - freeware and shareware sites.

Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and later has support for the Microsoft Windows Keyboard, using the logo key on the keyboard.

= display/hide the Start menu
+ Pause = display the Systems Properties page
+ R = display the Run dialog box
+ M = minimize all windows
+ D = minimize all windows. Press again and desktop apps reappear.
+ Shift + M = undo minimize all windows
+ F1 = starts Windows Help
F1 by itself brings up Help in the current application
+ E = start Explorer at Desktop folder level
+ F = start Find Files/Folders dialog box
+ F + CNTL = start Find Computer dialog box
+ B = Sets focus on the task bar, navigate by using the arrow keys; press ENTER to open applications.
+ TAB = cycle through taskbar buttons
+ BREAK = display Systems Properties panel

If you have the IntelliType software from Microsoft, additional special key combinations become available, such as + C= Start Control Panel.

+ L = lock the desktop ( XP only )
Nearly as easy, for W2K and XP, you can create a shortcut to lock the desktop:
rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

Copernic has released a free Windows Keyboard Enhancer for Win95/98/NT which

  • Allows you to create shortcuts with the Windows key
  • Starts your favorite applications, folders and Web pages instantly
  • Automatically creates more than 10 useful shortcuts
  • Supports about 200 key combinations
  • Bundles a unique Task Manager (Win95/98 only)

Niffty utility: ShortKeys is a macro utility allowing you to setup replacement text or paragraphs for any given number of user defined keystrokes. ShortKeys monitors the keyboard activity on a global nature and anytime a user defined keystroke combination is typed in, it will be replaced with the replacement text.

Related tips:

Windows Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

Hot key shortcuts

Add Winkey to older keyboards

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