Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 11:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems It's funny how while software changes so fast, and many hardware components evolve at ridiculously fast paces (processors, memory, hard drives), the keyboard has remained largely unchanged over the years - until recently, that is. Even Lenovo has now buckled under the pressure, switching to a chiclet-style keyboard for ThinkPads - while also removing the SysReq key.
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RE: Windows key
by Drumhellar on Thu 14th Jan 2010 18:53 UTC in reply to "Windows key"
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

They just dont' know what the windows key does.

win-d: minimize all windows (very useful)

win-left, win-right: maximize a window to the left or right half of a screen

win-up: maximize a window

win-p: when multiple monitors are connected, choose between using one, the other, duplicate, or span (very useful for laptops plugged into projectors or TVs)

win-#: launch/minimize/switch-to pinned programs from the taskbar . Each number corresponds to their position.

win-R: run dialog.

There are many more useful windows-key combinations. I think the only reason people think the windows key should go is because it has the windows logo on it.

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RE[2]: Windows key
by jgagnon on Thu 14th Jan 2010 20:56 in reply to "RE: Windows key"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

Win-E to open an explorer window

Win-F to open a find window (searching)

Win-L to instantly lock your computer (not sure what happens if you don't have a password set up)

Win-M to minimize all windows (similar to Win-D)

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RE[2]: Windows key
by boldingd on Thu 14th Jan 2010 21:15 in reply to "RE: Windows key"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Or when you're playing TF2, you try to hit Ctrl to crouch... and your game disappears, your screen blanks, and three seconds later, your Desktop pops up, with your Start menu active.

I think that's the general complaint: "I was in the middle of X, I tried to hit a modifier key, hit the (expletive-of-choice) Windows key, and the Start menu popped up and stole input focus!". If there was a way to make it not open the start menu every time it's pressed, or a way for applications to notify Windows to disable the damned thing when they have focus, people would probably hate it a lot less.

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