Some essential Windows navigation shortcut keys
The following keyboard shortcuts for Windows will save you a lot of time in managing your programs. Don’t miss especially those in bold letters.
Win+(1-5): Starts the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, it switches to that program.
Win+Alt+(1-5): Opens the Jump List of recently accessed items for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Win+Ctrl+(1-5): Switches to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Win+Ctrl+B: Switches to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.
Win+Down Arrow: Minimizes the window.
Win+E: Opens Windows Explorer with Computer selected.
Win+L: Locks your computer or switches users.
Win+Left Arrow: Docks the active window to the left half of the screen.
Win+M: Minimizes all windows.
Win+Pause: Displays the System Control Panel applet.
Win+R: Opens the Run dialog box.
Win+Right Arrow: Docks the active window to the right half of the screen.
Win+Shift+M: Restores minimized windows.
Win+Comma: Shows the desktop without minimizing open windows (Aero Peek).
Win+T: Cycles through and previews programs on the taskbar.
Win+U: Opens the Ease of Access Center.
Win+Up Arrow: Maximizes the window.