Windows 10: Why O'h why is the Win LOGO KEY refered to as the Start Key?

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  1.    24 Jun 2017 #1

    Why O'h why is the Win LOGO KEY refered to as the Start Key?


    Why?
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  2.    24 Jun 2017 #2

    Zippy2222 said: View Post
    Why?
    It's the main, immediately accessible area from which to 'Start' another/new process.
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  3.    24 Jun 2017 #3

    I don't think it is. It is called the "Win" key (by me anyway) and opens the start menu...

    Incidentally apparently the same key is called "Super" in Linux and "Command" in OSX. Whether this says anything about the personalities of the operating systems is another matter

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       24 Jun 2017 #4

    I call mine Corey
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  5.    24 Jun 2017 #5

    lx07 said: View Post
    I don't think it is. It is called the "Win" key (by me anyway) and opens the start menu...

    Incidentally apparently the same key is called "Super" in Linux and "Command" in OSX. Whether this says anything about the personalities of the operating systems is another matter

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    Officially, perhaps not, but it's a label that has stuck from ages ago.
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       24 Jun 2017 #6

    The Windows logo key (also known as Windows key, start key, logo key, flag key, super key, command key, flag or home) is a keyboard key which was originally introduced on the Microsoft Natural keyboard in 1994.[1] This key became a standard key on PC keyboards. Tapping this key invokes the operating system's start menu, if it has one. In Windows, Ctrl+Esc performs the same function, in case the keyboard lacks this key.
    The Windows key can also be used on other operating systems.
    On Unix and Unix-like operating systems, the key is usually given the X keysym "Super" (on earlier versions "Meta" was often used), and turns on the shift bit called MOD4. A common action that is not shared with Windows is for the key to allow dragging a window around from any location without raising it. Otherwise it is often used much like Windows, with press+release popping up a primary menu (GNOME Shell bringing up the Activities Overview, Cinnamon pops up its main system menu normally docked at lower-left of screen), and with combinations with letters performing actions such as run-command, often with the shortcuts and actions copied from Windows. In the Compiz window manager, the Super key causes the scroll wheel to zoom in or out of any part of the desktop.
    macOS uses the Windows key as a replacement for the Command key. This sometimes leads to placement issues for users used to Apple keyboards however, as Apple keyboards place the Command key where the Alt is on most keyboards (next to the Space bar).
    And the best part is...
    They have power over keyboard manufacturers with it, licensing:

    Licensing[edit]

    Microsoft regulates the appearance of the Windows key logo picture with a specially crafted license for keyboard manufacturers ("Microsoft Windows Logo Key Logo License Agreement for Keyboard Manufacturers"). With the introduction of a new Microsoft Windows logo, first used with Windows XP, the agreement was updated to require that the new design be adopted for all keyboards manufactured after 1 September 2003.[4] However, with the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft published guidelines for a new Windows Logo key that incorporates the Windows logo recessed in a chamfered lowered circle with a contrast ratio of at least 3:1 with respect to background that the key is applied to.[5]
    In Common Building Block Keyboard Specification, all CBB compliant keyboards were to comply with the Windows Vista Hardware Start Button specification beginning in 2007-06-01.[citation needed]
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  7.    24 Jun 2017 #7

    I've mostly heard it referred to as the winkey. Microsoft themselves call it that when giving out instructions.
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       24 Jun 2017 #8

    Boiled down it makes perfect sense, pressing the Windows key/winkey or clicking the Start icon on the Taskbar performs the same function, opens a menu to continue doing things.
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  9.    24 Jun 2017 #9

    I prefer the trapezoid spit into 4 quadrants by perpendicular lines key.
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  10.    24 Jun 2017 #10

    I never use it.
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