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The Windows key is a keyboard key labeled with the Microsoft Windows logo. It was introduced on the Microsoft Natural keyboard before Windows 95 OS was released then quickly became a standard for PC keyboards and other IBM-compatible keyboards that run on the Windows operating system. Normally the key is located on the lower left side in between the ctrl and alt keys, but this may differ depending on the model and manufacturer of the keyboard. Pressing the key opens operating system’s start menu, if it has one present. This key can also invoke other functions in combination with other keys.
The Windows key can also be utilized in UNIX and Unix-like operating systems. It is often referred to as the Meta key or Super key. However it may be necessary to configure its functionality after installation.
The Windows key is also known as the start key or winkey.
The Windows key in combination with other keys allows the user to perform common tasks quickly. The following lists some of the commonly used combinations per Windows version:
Windows XP Media Center Edition: