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Old 03-20-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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can you use autohotkey to simulate a win key press?
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Yes, in Vista, using the start-button search, there is osk.exe. The keyboard has a Windows key, but clicking it does nothing. Which suggests that buying a physical keyboard with a Windows key would be an equally futile gesture.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Yes, in Vista, using the start-button search, there is osk.exe. The keyboard has a Windows key, but clicking it does nothing. Which suggests that buying a physical keyboard with a Windows key would be an equally futile gesture.
How do you come to that conclusion? Perhaps the keyboard you have is defective? Maybe a new one will work? Maybe there's something wrong with a driver for keyboard?
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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How do you come to that conclusion? Perhaps the keyboard you have is defective? Maybe a new one will work? Maybe there's something wrong with a driver for keyboard?
By clicking the key (which I can do in OSK). With On screen keyboard (which functions normally in all other applications) I can click the Windows button once, with absolutely no effect, except that the key remains lit. I can double-click it, with exactly the same result as clicking the Start button once -- it opens the Start menu.

The Start menu can be opened with one click of the Start button. It can be opened with two clicks of the Windows key, so I fail to see how that is a useful feature, and it does not wash over me with a compelling sense that I am missing something essendial by having a keyboard pre-dating the amazing Windows key.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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By clicking the key (which I can do in OSK). With On screen keyboard (which functions normally in all other applications) I can click the Windows button once, with absolutely no effect, except that the key remains lit. I can double-click it, with exactly the same result as clicking the Start button once -- it opens the Start menu.

The Start menu can be opened with one click of the Start button. It can be opened with two clicks of the Windows key, so I fail to see how that is a useful feature, and it does not wash over me with a compelling sense that I am missing something essendial by having a keyboard pre-dating the amazing Windows key.
With a normal keyboard the start menu opens with a single click.

If you use the computer with a mouse in your hand all day, then you probably won't see the benefit. If you spend a lot of time typing, and prefer to stay on the keyboard, then it's a great time saver.

Win+R = Run
Win+D = Show desktop
Win+E = Launch Windows Explorer
Win+F = Find

Vista and Win 7:
Win+ type anything = search the start menu / machine. m

In Windows 7:
Win+number restores or launches from the Super Bar
Win+arrow keys moves / snaps a window between monitors, or monitors halves

For me it's one of the more important keys on the keyboard, and I wouldn't own a keyboard without it. It's location on a laptop keyboard is part of the criteria I use to select a laptop (and has been for 10 years)
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:50 PM
 
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I use it quite a lot, and almost never to open the start menu. It's handy.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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I guess I am not the only one who utilizes these key combos!
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Win+R = Run
Win+D = Show desktop
Win+E = Launch Windows Explorer

Win+F = Find

Vista and Win 7:
Win+ type anything = search the start menu / machine. m

In Windows 7:
Win+number restores or launches from the Super Bar
Win+arrow keys moves / snaps a window between monitors, or monitors halves

For me it's one of the more important keys on the keyboard, and I wouldn't own a keyboard without it. It's location on a laptop keyboard is part of the criteria I use to select a laptop (and has been for 10 years)
Another key combos I often use:
ALT+ Left/Right Arrow Keys: to go back and forward in Windows Explorer or your browser
ALT+F4: Close the active (open) window/app
Alt+Home: Browser Home Page
Alt+Tab: switch from one running app to another
CTRL+Home/End: Scroll all the way to top/bottom (document, Outlook, web page)
CTRL+A/C/X/V/Z: Select All/Copy/Cut/Paste/Undo

Especially when copy/pasting a word which is also the name of a web site, I simply do a CTRL+ENTER afterward which puts the "www." at the beginning and ".com" at the end.
So, just type google in the address bar of your browser then do a CTRL + ENTER and it loads Google
For .net address SHIFT+ENTER
For .org it is CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER
Once you get the hang of it, you can actually type/paste the name of a site even in a Windows Explorer window and do a CTRL+ENTER and the site opens up. It can really speed things up.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Is it a real measure of "geekitude" if you know and use Windows key combinations in everyday life?

(Raising hand over here.)
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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Is it a real measure of "geekitude" if you know and use Windows key combinations in everyday life?

(Raising hand over here.)
Funny thing is, I will probably never forget them yet I keep forgetting the stupid 3-digit combination on my bike's lock! Sign of getting old and/or slipping mind?
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Old 03-17-2015, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Update -- Well, I received out of the blue a Reputation Point for this thread, bringing it back to my attention, so I thought I'd bring y'all up to date.

I now have a new laptop, with a Windows Key on the keyboard. Over three months, I have used it exactly once -- to open the on-screen magnifier. And to close it. I also have a "Fn" key, next to the Windows Key, which might be unique to Dell, which ships without a user's manual (as do all computers, apparently), but it is color-coded, so its use is intuitive..

Maybe some users could suggest their favorite ways of using this Magic Key to open up Oz-like vistas of computering that I don't know about. Just pressing the Windows Key does exactly the same thing as Ctl-Esc.

Also, reference to my original question, I have not been "locked", but after ten minutes of inactiivity, my laptop locks itself, and displays a screen with a flowery logo in the center, and pressing "Enter" turns off a little icon in the lower left, and opens my desktop. (Trial and error -- a lucky guess.) Is that what "Lock" does?

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