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[HotKey] Win + Down Arrow² lets you to Minimize an open Window!

Here, I am going to share a bunch of HotKeys / Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows that are not much aware but very useful. These hotkeys will work in the following versions of Windows:

  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1


The Win / Start key plus  the Arrows in the keyboard will do something very useful for file management. Viewing the windows Side by Side, a helpful feature for easy file management is one example. Another one is to minimize and maximize the windows. Here are the hotkeys:

  • Win + Down Arrow²                –     Minimize an open maximized window
  • Win + Down Arrow                  –     Restore a maximized Window / Minimize a restore state window
  • Win + Up Arrow                         –     Maximize a restore state window
  • Win + Left / Right Arrow     –     Side by Side view of Windows

If you don’t know what Win key means, it is the following icon in your keyboard:


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