Windows key

Windows keyAlternatively referred to as the winkey or WK, the Windows key is a key found on IBM compatible keyboards used with the Microsoft Windows operating system. The Windows key has the Microsoft logo on it and is found between the left Ctrl and Alt keys on the keyboard. Pressing the Windows key opens the Start Menu.

Using the Windows key in combination with another key allows you to perform common tasks more quickly. For example, pressing the Windows key + E opens Windows Explorer (press and hold the Windows key and then, while holding that key, press the "E" key). For a full list of Windows key shortcuts, see the Windows shortcut keys page.

Tip: Users who are familiar with Macs can relate this key to the Apple command key.

Next to the Windows key on the right-hand side of the keyboard is the Application key or Menu key, which brings up a menu for the current window or highlighted text. Pressing this button is usually the same as pressing the menu that appears when you right-click the mouse.

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Also see: 104 keyboard,Keyboard terms, Operating system terms