Discover Unusual Windows Keyboard Shortcut for LinkedIn Access
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Sep 15, 2023 6:00 PM

Discover Unusual Windows Keyboard Shortcut for LinkedIn Access

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Unlock the secret Windows shortcut for quick access to LinkedIn and other Office apps with this Microsoft Expert tip!

The Verge noticed an unusual keyboard shortcut which allows launching LinkedIn, Word, and various other Office apps. Try pressing CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + L while running Windows. You'll see LinkedIn open in your default browser.

The Windows software never fails to impress. Last month spotted for the first time that the Windows Task Manager could be paused by holding the CTRL key.

Other useful key in windows:

  • LinkedIn - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + L
  • Word - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + W
  • Excel - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + X
  • PowerPoint - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + P
  • Outlook - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + O
  • Microsoft Teams - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + T
  • OneDrive - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + D
  • OneNote - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + N
  • Yammer - CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + WIN + Y
Windows observer Paul Thurrott shared this peculiar keyboard shortcut. It is an operating system hotkey:

It is all a part of the Office key that Microsoft brought out on few of its own keyboards some years back. The Office key replaced the usual right Windows key:

The default mapping of Alt+Shift+Ctrl+Win is to open Office applications. Currently, you can disable this feature by changing the registry to turn off the shortcut key for opening Office applications. Pressing Alt+Shift+Ctrl+Win will no longer open the Office application.

However, if you want to use the "Hyper" key to set other shortcuts, you need to follow this rule and change it through the registry. Modifying the registry has risks. Perform this operation with caution.

I will list the contents of the registry for closing Office application shortcuts below.

Click Search on the taskbar, enter CMD, select Run as administrator to open, enter the following command and press Enter:


REG ADD HKCU\Software\Classes\ms-officeapp\Shell\Open\Command /t REG_SZ /d rundll32

After this command is completed, the Office app shortcut will be disabled and the Hyper key will not open it again.

Disclaimer: Generally, modifying registry subkeys or work group is intended for advanced users, administrators, and IT Professionals. It can help fix some problems, however, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For further protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click here to view the article.

Deeper look into the Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

The Windows Keyboard Shortcuts can seem quite intriguing. Some shortcuts come as quite a surprise, while others prove extremely helpful. An example of such is the shortcut to pause the Task Manager or launch apps like LinkedIn or Word. This reveals how committed Microsoft is to optimizing user experience by introducing handy features within their software. The intention behind these keyboard shortcuts is to promote ease of access and efficiency. They also hint at Microsoft's innovation in integrating hardware with software as seen in the new Office key, replacing the conventional right Windows key. It reflects the evolution of Microsoft keyboards and software over time, setting precedence for more amazing features and shortcuts in the future.

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