The windows key - that pressed alone brings up the start menu - will do the following if pressed together with these keys (in Windows 95 ++) :

  • E: Open Explorer.
  • R: Open the Run window.
  • Pause (or Break): Open the System Properties window.
  • F: Open the Find: All Files window.
  • Ctrl + F: Open the Find : Computer window.
  • M Minimize all active windows.
  • Shift + M: Undo Minimize all active windows.
  • Tab: Circle through the windows in the task bar.
  • F1: Start Windows help (that ironically doesn't contain this info - it is said to be listed on page 75 of October 1996 Windows Developer's Journal, though.)