ConEmu has a shortcut for renaming the current tab. It's Apps+R. I have never seen an Apps key on any keyboard. Where is it?


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In computing, the menu key or application key ≣ Menu is a key found on Microsoft Windows-oriented computer keyboards, introduced at the same time as the Windows logo Windows Key key. Its symbol is usually a small icon depicting a pointer hovering above a menu, and it is typically found on the right side of the keyboard between the right Windows logo key Windows Key and the right Ctrl key (or between the right Alt key and the right Ctrl key).

While the Windows key is present on the vast majority of keyboards intended for use with the Windows operating system, the menu key is frequently omitted in the interest of space, particularly on portable and laptop keyboards.

The key’s primary function is to launch a context menu with the keyboard rather than with the usual right-mouse button. It can be used when the right-mouse button is not present on a mouse.

Some Windows public terminals do not have a ≣ Menu key on their keyboard to prevent users from right clicking; however, in many Windows applications, a similar functionality can be invoked with the ⇧ Shift+F10 keyboard shortcut, or sometimes Ctrl+⇧ Shift+F10.

Some laptop computers include a menu function on the Fn key (usually operated by typing ⇧ Shift+Fn); however, this generally invokes functions built into the vendor’s software and is not the same as the key described above. For example, the Logitech Illuminated Keyboard has an FN key where the menu key is usually found. Pressing FN together with the keyboard’s print screen key PrtScr, above Home produces the ≣ Menu key function.

Programmers using the Windows API can intercept this key by looking for a WM_KEYDOWN message with wParam VK_APPS (defined as 0x5D in winuser.h). It has key code 117 (0x75).

Source: Wikipedia - Menu key

Where is the key located on the keyboard?

On most keyboards it's between the Fn and Ctrl keys.

The key in question typically looks like the following:

  • @Wolfpack'08 - I did indeed quote and cite an external source. If you feel there is a problem with this answer. My suggestion would be to flag it for a moderator to handle. However, this answer was actually submitted 15 seconds before the other answer, which references the same Wikipedia article, so I don't believe it to be a duplicate.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 9, 2021 at 18:23
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    – Ramhound
    Sep 9, 2021 at 18:38

It's another name for the Menu Key. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menu_key)

It typically has a picture of a right-click menu on it.

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From the ConEmu documentation:

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The "APPS" Key is also known as the "Context Menu Key". This may clarify (1) that it does what a right mouse click does, reveal the context menu for the current context and (2) that what you see depends on the context - what has the focus (active in-focus window, selected file/directory tree item, etc.) and (3) for those who sometimes DO make intentional use of the context menu function, what sort of things might be accomplished through the use of the "APPS" key. Also (4) it may suggest the oft-ignored methods for adding more to, or altering the performance of, the context menu's options for the current context.

bon appetite


On my Pavilion g7 it just shows the menu icon without the mouse pointer, but acts exactly like a right mouse click. And yes it is between the right Alt & Ctrl keys.

  • This does not really answer the authors question
    – Ramhound
    Mar 9, 2015 at 19:52

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