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My Windows Key doesn't work

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    My Windows Key doesn't work


    I had been using the Windows key to switch back and forth from Metro to desktop. When I am in Metro, pressing it does nothing, but it works everywhere else. I simply click on the desktop icon, so it's no big deal, but is there a solution?

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    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Vince,

    It works, but the Windows key only takes you to the "Start" menu.

    If you want to go to the desktop, then you would need to press the Windows + D keys instead.

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...shortcuts.html
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    New Delhi
    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Basically the Windows key switches between the current open window and the previous window. If there is no background application running then there is nothing to switch. Same with the Desktop, if its closed from the switch list nothing will happen if you press the Window Key. You can check your background apps by pressing Win + Tab Key .
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    Hokey Smokes, Folks, you're both right! All this time I had been using the Windows key to go back and forth, and it only worked because I had just been there. I went to desktop, used the Windows key to go to Metro (no problem) hit it again, and I was back on desktop.
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    New Delhi
    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


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    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by tiffosira View Post
    Basically the Windows key switches between the current open window and the previous window. If there is no background application running then there is nothing to switch. Same with the Desktop, if its closed from the switch list nothing will happen if you press the Window Key. You can check your background apps by pressing Win + Tab Key .
    Win + Tab wasn't working for me...
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  7. #7


    New Delhi
    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    If there aren't any apps running in background, then Win + Tab will not Work.
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    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Doesn't work when Desktop is running in the background.


    Finally figured out you need at least two Metro applications running for it to work.
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  9. #9


    New Delhi
    Posts : 82
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Yup you need two apps to switch between. Metro start menu is not an app !
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    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, but luckily the desktop is counted as an app.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html
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