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Windows Key Substitute

$9.99

Looking for the Windows key but don't have one on your keyboard?

Love your Quality vintage keyboard but need the convenience of a Win key?

Our Win Key Emulator can easily solve this problem for you.

Simply download and install Win Key Emulator and you will be able to use your right Ctrl key as if it were a genuine Windows logo key. The time and annoyance you'll save by using this easy to use and well tested product is well worth the small price!

Note: If your keyboard doesn't have a right Ctrl key, or you prefer a different key to use as a Windows key, contact us and you will be amazed how quickly we can deliver your own preferred version -- at the same low price.




What is the Windows key and what does Win Key Emulator do?



The Windows key (also known as the Windows logo key) a shortcut key originally introduced by Microsoft to promote and ease the use of Windows.

The Windows key  achieves this by providing shortcuts to frequently used Windows functions. For example, tapping the Windows key alone will open the Start menu (or close it). Pressing the M key while the Windows key is held down will minimize all currently open Windows. For a comprehensive list of Windows key shortcuts, please refer to the Advanced tab.

Most newly manufactured keyboards have the Windows key but they usually come with all sorts of tradeoffs and compromises that make you miss the feel of a true clicky keyboard. Those quality vintage keyboards are becoming extinct, so if you have one, hold on to it...

Whether you value vintage quality, or have a newer keyboard which happens not to have the Windows key, our Win Key Emulator is the right solution for you: Keep using the keyboard you prefer and have the functionality of a Windows key.

Simply download and install Win Key Emulator and you will be able to use your right Ctrl key as if it were a genuine Windows logo key.

As with all Software Candy products, Win Key Emulator is completely free of any viruses or spyware (digitally signed for authenticity and integrity) and is well tested for its advertised features. If ever needed, you can also uninstall it completely with a single click, performing a total cleanup after itself.



The beauty of this wizard is that you don't have to follow any complex instructions or know how to type cryptic command line syntax. Once you download this app (keep it on your desktop or in an easy-to-find folder), you open it, click the Next button on the installation wizard and Voila! Your right Ctrl key will function just like a Windows logo key.

Note: If your keyboard doesn't have a right Ctrl key or you prefer a different key to use as a Windows key, contact us and you will be amazed how quickly we can deliver your own preferred version -- at the same low price.




For your convenience, a list of Windows key shortcuts are listed in the table below. This list assumes Windows XP or higher and it will be updated as we come across additional shortcut goodies:

Key Combination Operation
[Win Key] Open the Start menu (or close it, if already open)
[Win Key] + B Select the first icon in the Notification Area.
[Win Key] + D Show the desktop while hiding all currently open windows (or revert this operation when pressed again).
[Win Key] + E Open Windows Explorer.
[Win Key] + F Open Windows Search.
[Win Key] + L Lock desktop (or switch users).
[Win Key] + M Minimize all windows.
[Win Key] + P (Windows 7) Switch between projection modes and display types.
[Win Key] + R Open the run dialog.
[Win Key] + T (Windows 7) Cycle through items on the Taskbar.
[Win Key] + U Open Utility Manager (ease of access).
[Win Key] + Tab Iterate through open programs on the Taskbar.
[Win Key] + Pause Open System Properties
[Win Key] + Ctrl + F Open Computers Search.
[Win Key] + Shift + M Restore windows minimized by [Win Key] + M.
[Win Key] + F1 Open Windows Help.


[Win Key] + Left Arrow (Windows 7) Align the window to the left side of the screen, maximizing it vertically
[Win Key] + Right Arrow (Windows 7) Align the window to the right side of the screen, maximizing it vertically
[Win Key] + Up Arrow (Windows 7) Maximize active window.
[Win Key] + Down Arrow (Windows 7) Minimize active window.




  • Q1. I downloaded and installed this software. However, I can't find its icon on the desktop. Did I do anything wrong?
  • A1. No, you did everything correctly. By design, we do not clutter your desktop with unnecessary icons. Instead, we cleanly install a shortcut in your Start Menu item. Click the "How It Works" tab for more information


Download Software Candy’s Win Key Emulator and you will be able to use your right Ctrl key as if it were a genuine Windows logo key:
  1. Click 'add this to my cart' button below.
  2. Download it (it will become immediately available for download after payment).
  3. Install it.

That's it. :-)

By purchasing this product, you receive 12 downloads for 365 days (whichever expires first). In effect, this gives you up to 12 FREE upgrades for one year. If you purchased this product, remember to periodically check this page for a new version. We strive to polish our products to perfection.

Note: Unless otherwise noted (in the compatibility list below), this software is compatible with the 32-bit version of Windows. Download this FREE tool to check whether your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.


  • Version: 1.0.0.2

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Compatible with:

Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 7 64-bit, Windows® XP,

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