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Finally found use for "Windows" keys!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by CitizenOfDreams, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. So, I got myself a Dell Inspiron Mini netbook a while ago. I like it a lot - perfect size, bright screen, long battery life, Ethernet port, GPS receiver... My only problem with it was the touchpad.

    You see, some "brilliant" engineer at Dell decided to put the mouse buttons under the touchpad surface. So unless you move your fingers with surgical precision, the cursor walks away as you are clicking the button.

    Tonight something clicked in my head (no pun intended) and I got an idea...

    Every modern keyboard has two buttons I never use. The "Windows" key and the "Menu" key. So, with the help of a great little piece of software called AutoHotkey, I turned those useless keys into mouse buttons. Works great! :wavey:
  2. The Windows key has some great functions. Windows+D minimizes all your screens, etc...

  3. Minimize all windows - I do that with the mouse when I need it (rarely).

    Maximize window - double-click on its title bar.

    Minimize/restore - mouse click.

    Dock window - I never do that.

    Zoom in/out - scroll wheel.

    Lock screen - "three finger salute" and Enter.

    Run dialog - Ctrl-Esc Up Up Enter.

    Search box - Ctrl-Esc Up Up Up Enter.

    Windows Explorer - I don't use it.

    Switch monitors - laptops have special function keys for that.

    Launch pinned apps - I don't pin apps.

    Cycle through gadgets - I don't use gadgets. In fact, I don't even know what they are.

    Rotate a picture - I hold my camera horizontally when I take pictures.

    So no, I still have no use for the Windows key.