Hello up there. It’s me, that key you never use. I’ve got great placement between Ctrl and Alt, but you never press me. I may look like a crooked flag, or a foursquare court drawn by someone Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but I’m about to change your life. Truth is, your left hand has been hovering over me for years, but you probably use the tilde key more often than you use me. It’s a shame. I can be really helpful if you’ll give me a chance.
I don’t do much by myself, but when you combine me with other keys, some pretty amazing things start to happen.
Hold me down and hit the tab key. This will only work in Windows Vista and Windows 7, but wow! I bet you thought only Apple keys could do tricks like that. Not so, my friend. Next, press me + the letter “E”. Yeah, the mouse will do the same thing if you navigate through some menus, but i’m faster. Try me + “F”. Now we’re talking. Here are some other tricks I can do:
Windows key + Up arrow = Maximize a Window
Windows key + Down = Minimize a Window
Windows key + Left = Snap To Left
Windows key + Right = Snap To Right
Windows key + Number Keys 1-9 = Starts Taskbar Applications
Windows key + D = Show the Desktop
Windows key + E = New Explorer Window
Windows key + F = Find
Windows key + R = Run a Command
Windows key + Plus Key = Zoom In
Windows key + Minus Key = Zoom Out
Windows key + X = Mobility Center (power, volume, brightness, etc)
Windows key + L = Locks the Computer
Windows key + P = Toggles a Projector
Windows key + O = Bends Space and Time (not really.)
Now that we’ve been properly introduced, I hope we can hang out once in a while. Remember, winners use the Windows key.