Windows key

Alternatively referred to as the winkey, the Windows key is a keyboard key commonly found on IBM compatible computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. The Windows key has the Microsoft flag logo on it and is located between the CTRL and ALT keys on the keyboard. This key allows a user to perform commonly performed tasks using the Windows key in combination with another key. For example, pressing the Windows key + E (meaning both at the same time) would open the Windows Explorer.

Tip: Users who are not familiar with IBM compatible computers but are familiar with Apple Macintosh computers can relate this key to the Apple command key.

Below is a graphic of what the Windows and Menu keys look like on a keyboard with these keys. Each Windows keyboard has the two keys shown below as well as an additional Windows key on the other side of the keyboard.

Windows keys on computer keyboard

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