I think I read, in either TFA or the comments, that she's a manager. Have you ever seen a manager that knew keyboard shortcuts beyond copy/paste?
Also of note, if you're forced to use windows then your keyboard probably has that windows (super?) key on it which is the same as ctrl+esc.
Try some of these:
- WIN+R (runbox)
- WIN+D (show desktop)
- WIN+P (show printers
- WIN+M (minimize all)
- WIN+L (switch users in XP)
- WIN+H (help)
- WIN+C (explore my computer, I think)
I'm pretty sure there's more of those and I suspect you can even change them if you want. Also of note, CTRL+INS and SHIFT+INS are faster and more comfortable than ctrl+c, ctrl+v for copy/paste. Those are, I believe, supported by windows rather than each application individually. Shame the keyboard manufacturers have totally fucked up the placement of the insert key in the last couple years.