How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Insert the Windows Key Symbol

How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut to Insert the Windows Key Symbol

As a software consultant and trainer I am regularly creating content to help staff make use of the digital tools that they have available to them.

As we roll out Office 365 to our education staff I have been creating a number of documents supporting the use of Office 365 digital tools and wanted to add the Windows symbol for the Windows key instead of constantly typing out “use the Windows key + D to…….”.

Here’s how you can setup a keyboard shortcut to insert the Window’s Key Symbol into your documents.  (If only it was an emoji…. I could use Windows Key + .     to insert it here…..)

How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for the Windows Key Symbol

The Windows Key Symbol is actually a character in the font – HoloLens MDL2 Assets – so to insert that character into your document you need to start by clicking the Insert Symbol icon on the Word Ribbon and select More Symbols

Insert Windows Key symbol

The fonts window will open – change the font to HoloLens MDL2 Assets and click the Windows symbol like shown below

insert windows key symbol

To create a Keyboard Shortcut to use whenever you want to insert the Windows symbol you select click the Shortcut Key Button, thern assign a key combination – in the image below you can see I have selected the ALT key in combination with the W key, so I hold down ALT and tap W and the Windows symbol is inserted into my document.

Windows Key shortcut symbol

For me it would be really helpful if the Windows symbol was available as a symbol in the emoji library – that way I could use the key combination – WIN key + . – and insert the Windows symbol in other applications…… like this webpage!



Campbell Smythe

Campbell Smythe

Learning and Collaboration Technologies advisor

I am a Learning and Collaboration technologies advisor living in Cairns, Australia. An educational technology leadership background and experience managing a globally located information technology team, has given me wide experience in the application of digital technologies to a variety of educational and workplace contexts.

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How to – Create in OneNote and Send to Sway

How to – Create in OneNote and Send to Sway

OneNote Send to Sway addin

So a couple of great tools put out by Microsoft have the ability to connect and create together – doing something which will make users of both these productivity tools very happy! OneNote Send to Sway addin makes it easy to create a Sway presentation straight from your OneNote notebook.

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote app - vis cdsmythe.comOneNote – is Microsoft’s app in Office 2016 which stores your notes, details, web clippings, audio, files – everything – in a NoteBook format organisable using Sections and Pages.  If you arent using it and you use Office – then you should really take a look at it.  If you are an Evernote Premium user – then you should most definitely take a good look at OneNote and save yourself some money.

Sway - Onenote send to sway addinMicrosoft Sway

Sway – is Microsoft’s quickest content-to-presentation creator.  It can import content from other Office apps and create beautiful looking and working multimedia presentations with ease, combining fonts, transitions and images with your content.  Students in every subject are being asked by their teachers to create “multimodal presentations” or websites to present their learning – Sway makes that deadset easy as.

So good news now is that Microsoft have created a “OneNote Send to Sway” addin which once installed in OneNote makes it easy to send content from OneNote to Sway.  Big win for students is that so many teachers now are using OneNote with their classes.  So the publishing stage doesnt become enormous.

How to Send Content from OneNote to Sway

First of all you will need to check which version of OneNote you have installed.  Open OneNote, on the menu bar click – File > Account – then click the “About OneNote” button

send to sway onenote

The OneNote version that I am using is the 32bit version (see below)

onenote send to sway


Next step you’ll need to download the OneNote Send to Sway Addin.

Go to – and click the download button, then choose the correct version of the Onenote Send to Sway addin for your install of OneNote – for me it is the 32 bit version (also referred to as x86).

send to sway from onenote

Download and then install the addin.  Restart OneNote and you will see the “Send to Sway” button on the OneNote Ribbon.

OneNote send to sway installed

Ready to Send to Sway?

So now youve installed the OneNote addin to Send to Sway, select a Page in OneNote and click the Send to Sway button.

You will need to login to your Sway account, then Sway will start…well,….Swaying……

Once it has finished you can view your sway and make any design changes to the look and feel you like.