Windings font 0xFF is the "Windows Logo Key".

however, because of font mapping, it appears that simply pasting it from Character Map is not a solution.

For other keys, in questions, i can use kbd in SO but not in meta SO as per this meta article.

However, in SO comments, kbd does not work.

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    It is probably not supported in comments. Is it really such an issue to simply type "the windows key"?
    – Oded
    Sep 11 '12 at 19:07
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    I'm not sure about you, but I've never actually seen someone use the Windows logo for explaining the key. They always just use the word "Windows" formatted as a key like anything else.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Sep 11 '12 at 19:08
  • In his defense it appears that the Command key on Apple.SE is supported.
    – user7116
    Sep 11 '12 at 19:19
  • @ Oded: yes and no. imho, it's likely always better to use a glyph when that glyph is for all intents and purporses universally recognized. YMMV
    – gerryLowry
    Sep 11 '12 at 19:24
  • @ Oded: perhaps this should have been two separate questions: one about the Windows Logo key everywhere, i.e., not only in comments, and the other about kbd not working in comments.
    – gerryLowry
    Sep 11 '12 at 19:27
  • Unless you want to play jokes, I'd not use the Wingdings character for that. (Screen capture on a Mac.) Also, @sixlettervariables, even Apple doesn't rely on those symbols on its website.
    – Arjan
    Sep 11 '12 at 19:37
  • The Meta post you linked to was very much outdated.
    – Arjan
    Sep 11 '12 at 19:43
  • @Arjan: I was being a bit tongue in cheek, but yeah images are a reliable means of avoiding font issues.
    – user7116
    Sep 11 '12 at 21:32
  • FWIW, i'm still working on this when i can steal some time from other projects ... today, while experimenting manually, i discovered that WinLogo + 1, 2, ... , 9, 0 respectively open or activate the window associated with the first, second, ... , ninth, tenth taskbar shortcut that one finds to the right of the taskbar Start control; of course, if there are only say eight icons, then WinLogo+9 and WinLogo+0 have no effect.
    – gerryLowry
    Sep 17 '12 at 15:18

<kbd> isn't supposed to work in comments. Comments use mini-Markdown, where it's not supported. You'll have to settle for inline code or bold to represent keys (I prefer bold because it stands out more and inline code improperly represents it semantically).

As far as the Windows logo, it doesn't appear that there is a Unicode character that represents it, for whatever reason (I can guess why but those are just guesses, my primary guess being trademarking).

  • Apple's Command-key symbol is the Unicode symbol U+2318 Place of Interest ⌘. You can use bold code in comments for keys. Sep 11 '12 at 19:45
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    No Windows logo on copypastecharacter.com/symbols either, though the Apple symbol is listed there, when viewed from a Mac (together with a keyboard symbol, between the Music Sharp Sign and the Eject Symbol; just not there when viewed in Internet Explorer). This  probably won't render as an Apple symbol on any computer except on a Mac. Ah, indeed.
    – Arjan
    Sep 11 '12 at 20:17

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