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.

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