Hotkeys involving the Windows logo key are reserved by the system

Hotkeys involving the Windows logo key are reserved by the system. New ones are added over time. For example, Windows 98 added Win+D to show the desktop. Windows 2000 added Win+U to call up the Utility Manager. Windows XP added Win+B to move keyboard focus to the taskbar notification area. And a whole bunch of new hotkeys were […]

Hotkeys involving the Windows logo key are reserved by the system. New ones are added over time. For example, Windows 98 added Win+D to show the desktop. Windows 2000 added Win+U to call up the Utility Manager. Windows XP added Win+B to move keyboard focus to the taskbar notification area. And a whole bunch of new hotkeys were added in Windows Vista, such as Ctrl+Win which is used by speech recognition. (It's also a bit of a pun: "Control Windows", get it?)

The fact that these hotkeys are reserved is hard to find. It's buried in a bullet point a third of the way down the Guidelines for Keyboard User Interface Design document. It's also highlighted in the WHQL keyboard requirements right in the section title: "Windows Logo Key Support (Reserved for Operating System Use)". But even if you didn't find the documentation (and I don't blame you), the history of Windows clearly indicates that new Windows logo hotkeys arrive on a pretty regular basis. If your program uses one of those hotkeys, there's a good chance it'll conflict with a future version of Windows.

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Windows, Windows XP, Windows Server 2000, Windows Vista, Hotkeys, Logo, Windows Logo