windows key

Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Using the Windows Logo Key

I am a huge fan of Windows 7 and as I am a bit geeky I really enjoy using the Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts. It just makes everything so much easier, quicker, and in this day and age, who has the time to wait for anything? I am sure we are only shaving seconds off our computer using time, but these seconds add up when you already spend too much time on the computer.
As we all know there are hundreds of Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts that are both old and new, however I am just going to mention a few of my favourites that use the Windows logo key. (AKA Winkey)

Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts to see your desktop

In the old days you had to close or minimize any open programs to get back to your desktop as using keyboard shortcuts were not widely used. If you were a geek, you would have known every cool keyboard shortcut, but the average computer user had not even heard of them.

Winkey + M

The Winkey and the letter M pressed at the same time will minimize any open windows to show the desktop. If you press this combination a game, it can also maximize a window.

Winkey + D

This shortcut key has been around and probably existed in most of the Windows versions. If you press on the Winkey and the letter D is simply shows the Windows Desktop.

Winkey + spacebar

When you use this Windows 7 keyboard shortcut it simply gives you a quick look at the desktop but does not go to it. If you are on a Windows 7 computer you should try this one out now because it is kind of fun.

Tiny button right corner of the task-bar

This keyboard shortcut does not use the Windows logo key but it is probably the coolest little gadget that Windows 7 has. You can simply hover over the desktop shortcut button to get a glimpse of the desktop, or you can press on it to actually go to the desktop.

Browse through open programs

Winkey + TAB

This is my absolute favourite shortcut key in Windows 7. I love being able to browse through all the open applications. You need to have Aero flip enabled to use this, but hopefully you have not disabled it.

Of course there is the other “not so pretty” keyboard shortcut you can use. Simply press these: ALT + TAB.

Get a closer look

Winkey + +/-

This Windows 7 keyboard shortcut scared me to death the first time I used it. Well that might be over exaggerating a bit, but it did shock me. You simply press the Windows logo key and the plus key to magnify what you are reading. Try it. It is like the screen flies out that you. To get your page back down to normal size you simply have to press the Windows logo key and the minus key on the keyboard.

Of course you can still use the old way by pressing the CTRL key and moving your mouse wheel up or down.

The Microsoft website lists many more Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts but unfortunately only gives a very short explantion of what each shortcut does. That’s OK with me though, as I can only manage to remember my favourite Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.

Would you like to see more handy Windows Seven Tips?

I have written many more articles you might be interested in about this subject with step by step instructions, screen shots and videos. For example this video about windows 7 basic tricks shows off some new features included with Windows Seven.

Windows 7 has loads of cool keyboard shortcuts and I know you have a few up your sleeve. Please share them with us by leaving your comment below.

Mitz (61 Posts)

Hi guys! My name is Milica Pantic, Mitz for short. I am a computer freak who is obsessed with computers, devices, operating systems, and more.. I have a computer tips website,, another about building WordPress websites and a few more in the authority pipeline. I have my finger in every pie, love working, addicted to caffeine. Multi multi tasker, likes juggling ten jobs, should have joined the circus. Ha Ha!

31 thoughts on “Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts Using the Windows Logo Key

    • OMG windows 98??? What are you doing with that?

      Anyway here are some shortcuts..

      Windows logo key – The same effect as clicking on the “start” button.
      Windows logo key and BREAK – Opens the System Properties dialog box.
      Windows logo key and E – Opens Windows Explorer.
      Windows logo key and F – Opens the Find All Files dialog box.
      Windows logo key and R – Opens the Run dialog box.
      Windows logo key and TAB – Toggles through the taskbar icons.
      Windows logo key and M – Minimizes all active windows.
      Windows logo key+CTRL+F – Opens the Find Computer dialog box.
      mitz’s recent post ..10 Basic Computer Tips And Tricks For New Computer UsersMy Profile

      • Thanks for the cool shortcuts. I’m getting older and I love the quick zoom and zoom out. Now I can go without reading glasses a little longer…lol.

  1. Hi. i’m also a fan of Windows 7. I love the graphic user interface of 7. But I think Microsoft already released it’s Windows 8 and that will be a little bit lighter and faster than 7. I’ll try this shortcut keys

  2. That’s right! Fantastic writing, continue to keep in place the tremendous work. This is the sort of information that really should get recognition for it’s craft. When we work on computer we should know about this shortcuts to work fast.

  3. These can come in handy. I am always searching for keyboard short cuts as well as short cut keys. I have found a few that can help me speed up my work. Thanks for a very informative blog.
    James’s recent post ..How to Get a DateMy Profile

  4. WOAAAH that +/- thing is crazy! I never had any idea you could do that. The whole screen like rapidly zooms in, revealing the pixels on your super maximal desktop. And you can keep zooming further and further into oblivion.


  5. Hey, Mitz,
    love your article…as a matter of fact,while reading it,I actually tried out some keys and combinations to see how it works. To be honest, before finding out their function from your article ,I din’t know for a few combinations that existed. They are all useful, but my favorite one is winkey plus spacebar. Thanks for teaching me something new, I appreciate it.
    Kristina L.’s recent post ..Bally Total Fitness Coupon CodeMy Profile

  6. Very useful post, Mitz! I’m sure these shortcuts will come in handy for me sometime. I’m not really a hardcore “geek” so I’m totally in the dark about these things. In fact, I’ve been staring at the ‘Winkey’ for ages not really knowing what it’s true purpose is. I’ve always been amazed at seeing my friends, who are also bloggers, zip by their articles and make the computer screen do magic for them with relative ease. People should take a hint and recognize the functionality of the other keys, it’s meant for convenience and often serve multiple purposes.
    Roro’s recent post ..How To Attract A WomanMy Profile

  7. I am a user of windows for more than ten years but it always bothered me to switch between keyboard and mouse for working your mentioned keyboard shortcuts are very useful for me at least. Thanks a lot.

  8. I wondered about the purpose of the key with the microsoft logo. I knew there had to be a way to navigate through the screen without having to minimize each one. This is good stuff.

Comments are closed.