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Office Key on Keyboards: What Is It and What Does It Do?

If you have a different-looking key on your keyboard, we have to tell you that you are lucky. This key is an awesome tool for Office power users which helps you to get things done faster.

If you have bought a new keyboard recently, you may have seen a new key that has the Windows logo on it.

In this article, we describe what does the Office key on keyboards do. To learn more, follow me till the end of this article.

What does the Office key do?

Office key helps you with navigating and opening Microsoft Office applications. If you press this key by itself, nothing much will happen. But, holding this key with other keyboard keys will open up a particular Microsoft Office program. For instance, the Office Key + X hotkey opens a blank Excel spreadsheet.

What are the shortcuts of the Office key?

Here is a table that represents several shortcuts where you hold the Office Key in combination with other keyboard keys. Look at the table below to find out more.

ShortcutWhat does it do?Press it again
Office Key + WOpens WordA new window of Word will open.
Office Key + POpens PowerPointA new window of PowerPoint will open.
Office Key + XOpens ExcelA new window of Excel will open.
Office Key + OOpens OutlookActivates your existing Outlook window in the Inbox.
Office Key + TOpens Microsoft TeamsActivates your existing Microsoft Teams window.
Office Key + DOpens OneDrive in File ExplorerIf the root OneDrive folder is still selected, it will activate your existing File Explorer window. Else, it opens a new File Explorer window with OneDrive selected.
Office Key + NOpens OneNoteA new window of OneNote will open.
Office Key + LOpens LinkedIn, in your default browserLinkedIn in an additional tab in your default browser will open.
Office Key + YOpens YammerYammer in an additional tab in your default browser will open.

What should I do If I Do Not have an Office Key on My Keyboard?

Unlike other standardized keyboard functions, the Office Key does not use its own devoted modifier.

The Office key is not really its own key. Actually, it is a shortcut for various key presses. It means that you can use these functions irrespective of your model keyboard.

To activate the office key shortcut on any keyboard, you can hold the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + Window hotkey.

Note: To have access to the Office Key, you need to have a Windows 10 May 2019 (Version 1903) or newer.

Last Words

In this article, we talked about the Office Key and its usage, which, a combination of this key with other keyboard keys, helps you to be more productive with Office. Do you have the Office Key on your keyboard?  Have you ever worked with it? Do you know any more usage of this key? Share your thoughts with us!

Kimia Sh

Kimia is an accomplished author and technology enthusiast with a keen interest in writing about Windows tips and tricks. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Kimia always had a fascination for technology and its ever-evolving capabilities. After completing her studies in Computer Science, Kimia started working in the software development industry, where she gained extensive experience and technical expertise. Her passion for writing about technology led her to create a blog focused on providing Windows users with useful tips and tricks. Kimia's blog quickly gained popularity, and she became known for her ability to communicate technical concepts in an accessible and easy-to-understand manner. Her articles are praised for their clarity and practicality, and she has developed a loyal following of readers who look to her for advice on getting the most out of their Windows systems. In addition to writing about technology, Kimia is also an accomplished software developer and has contributed to the development of numerous applications and software programs. Her technical expertise gives her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by Windows users, and she is always seeking out new ways to make their lives easier and more efficient. When she's not working on her blog or developing software, Kimia enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid traveler and loves to explore new cultures and cuisines. Overall, Kimia is a talented author and technology expert who is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others. Her dedication to providing practical, useful advice to Windows users has made her a respected figure in the industry, and she continues to inspire and educate others through her work on her blog and beyond.

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