A few days ago I received an email from an old client of mine asking the following question:

I was helping a friend of mine who just bought a new computer and he asked me about the Flag key on the keyboard and what it did. I didn’t have an answer for him so I thought I would ask you what the key is for? You didn’t teach us that in class!

I had to laugh when I read this email, because he was correct. When I was teaching introductory computer classes for the Community Ed Dept. at out local junior college, I didn’t cover any of the shortcuts that are built into the Windows system. Why?

Almost all of the students I had in my classes were brand new to computers and most were seniors who were just venturing into the world of the PC. As most of us know, teaching a class the pace is usually controlled by the slowest student[s]. Just getting some using the mouse was a challenge.

That ‘Flag’ key is the Microsoft Logo key. You can use the Microsoft Logo key in conjunction with other keys in combination for specific commands to the computer. Some of the commands I use are:

Logo + R = Brings up the Run command

Logo + D = Clears and opens the desktop.

Logo + L  = Locks the computer screen

Logo + E = Opens Explorer window

That’s about it for me. I am a mouse man. LOL But there is a whole lot of shortcuts available from the keyboard. Check out the link below from Microsoft and see what you think.

Comments welcome.

Microsoft keyboard shortcuts