Windows 11

Guide a List of Windows 11 keyboard Shortcuts – Top Picks

Windows 11 provides familiar and new shortcut keys to let you work more efficiently and faster. Mostly all of the Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will work on Windows 11. Right from navigating a setting to switching between snap layouts, there are a plethora of keyboard shortcuts for all commands in Windows.

With a single press of one or a combination of keys, you can execute tasks faster. It may seem daunting to learn all the keyboard shortcuts discussed below. However, you can decide to know only a few which you may need frequently. So, let’s check them out:

Note: Win key is the Windows Logo key on the keyboard.

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – New Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Win + W: Displays news, weather forecast, local traffic news, and calendar
  • Win + A: Toggles the ‘Quick Settings’. It regulates WiFi, Bluetooth, Volume, Focus Assist, Brightness sliders, etc.
  • Win + N: Opens ‘Notification Center’. It displays all your notifications.
  • Win + Z: Opens ‘Snap Layouts’. This shortcut lets you organize windows and apps for multitasking
  • Win + C: Opens ‘Teams Chat app’ from Taskbar. You can rapidly choose a chat thread from the Taskbar.
  • General keyboard shortcuts:
  • The most frequently used keyboard shortcuts are as below:
  • Ctrl + A: Select all contents in a window or document
  • Ctrl + C: Copies the selected items.
  • Ctrl + X: Cuts the selected items.
  • Ctrl + V: Pastes the selected items.
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo an action.
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo an action.
  • Ctrl + S: Saves the current file
  • Ctrl + B: Boldens selected text
  • Ctrl + I: Italicize selected text
  • Ctrl + U: Underlines selected text
  • Ctrl + Shift + S: Save As
  • Ctrl + arrow keys: Resizes the Start menu once it’s open.
  • Win + Tab: Opens Task View.
  • Alt + Tab: Switches between the running applications.
  • Win + L: Locks your computer.
  • Win + D: Displays and hides the desktop.
  • Win + R: Opens Run window.
  • Alt + F4: Closes the running app. If you are on a desktop, then you need to open the ‘Shutdown box’ to shut down, restart, and log out or roll your PC to sleep mode.
  • Shift + Delete: Permanently deletes the selected item
  • Shift + F10: This shows the shortcut menu for the selected item.
  • Ctrl + Delete: Deletes the selected item and then transfer it to the Recycle Bin.
  • Ctrl + O: Opens a file in the current application
  • Ctrl + N: Opens a new program window of the current application
  • Win + Shift + S: Captures a specific portion of the screen using built-in Snip & Sketch.
  • PrtScn or Print: Captures a full screenshot and then saves it in the clipboard.
  • Windows + X: Opens Start button context menu.
  • F2: Renames selected item.
  • F3: Search for a file or folder in File Explorer.
  • F4: Activates Address bar
  • F10: Opens Menu bar in the currently running app
  • Alt + Page Up: Moves up by one screen
  • Alt + Page Down: Moves down by one screen
  • Alt + Left arrow: Moves back
  • Alt + Right arrow: Moves forward
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Opens Task Manager
  • Ctrl + Shift: Switches the keyboard layout when there are multiple keyboard layouts are available
  • Ctrl + F4: Closes the active document
  • Ctrl + Spacebar: Turns on/off the Chinese input method editor (IME).
  • Win + P: Projects a screen
  • Win + I: Opens Windows 11 Settings.
  • Shift + Arrow keys: Selects multiple items
  • Alt + F8: Shows your password on the login screen
  • Alt + Esc: Cycles over the apps on the taskbar.
  • Alt + Enter: Opens Properties for the selected item.
  • Alt + Spacebar: Opens the shortcut menu for the current window.
  • Alt + F10: Opens the context menu for the selected item.
  • F11: Enter/Exit full-screen mode
  • Esc: Closes or stops the ongoing task.
  • Backspace: Go back to the Settings home page
  • Win + period (.) (or Win + semicolon (;)): Opens Emoji keyboard

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – Taskbar keyboard shortcuts:

Control your taskbar with these shortcuts:

  1. Win + Alt + D: Let’s you see Date and Time from the taskbar.
  2. Win + T: Cycles through apps in the taskbar.
  3. Win + B: Highlights the first item within the Notification Area and uses the Arrow key switch among the item
  4. Win + Number (0 – 9): Opens the app in the number position (0-9) from the taskbar.
  5. Win + 1: Opens a particular app in the first position on the taskbar.
  6. Ctrl + Shift + Left Click app button or icon: Runs an app as administrator from the taskbar.
  7. Shift + Left Click app button: Opens another instance of an app from the taskbar.
  8. Shift + right-click an app icon: This shows the window menu for the app
  9. Shift + Right-click grouped app icon: Displays the window menu for the group apps from the taskbar.
  10. Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button: Cycles across the windows of the group.
  11. Alt + Windows key + number keys: Opens the application’s menu on the taskbar.

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – File Explorer shortcuts:

These shortcuts let you quickly navigate your Windows file system:

  • Ctrl + N: Opens the current window inside a new window.
  • Ctrl + W: Shuts down the active window.
  • Ctrl + E: Opens the search box in the file explorer.
  • Ctrl + M: Starts the mark mode
  • Ctrl + Shift +E: Expands all subfolders within the navigation pane on the left side.
  • Ctrl + Shift +N: Creates a new folder.
  • Ctrl + Mouse Scroll: Changes the appearance and size of file and folder icons.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8): Changes folder view.
  • Ctrl + Shift + E: Shows all folders above the selected folder
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Makes a new folder
  • Win + E: Opens the File Explorer.
  • Alt + Enter: Opens the Properties settings for the selected item.
  • Alt + P: Shows the preview panel.
  • Alt + D: Activates address bar of the File Explorer.
  • Alt + Left arrow (or Backspace): Takes you to the previous folder in the browsing history
  • Alt + Right arrow: This takes you to the following folder in the browsing history
  • Alt + Up arrow: Goes up to the parent folder.
  • Num Lock + plus (+): Expands the selected drive or folder
  • Num Lock + minus (-): Collapses the selected drive or folder
  • Num Lock + Asterisk (*): Expand all the subfolders under the selected drive or folder.
  • Left arrow key: Selects the parent folder (if it is collapsed) in the left pane or collapses the current folder tree.
  • Right arrow key: Selects the first subfolder (if it is expanded) in the left pane or expands the current folder tree.
  • F4: Switches focus on the address bar.
  • F5: Refreshes the File Explorer
  • F6: Switches between left and right panes
  • Home: Moves to the uppermost of the active window.
  • End: Moves to the bottom of the active window.
  • Shortcuts for Desktop and Virtual Desktops:
  • Window logo key (Win): Opens Start menu
  • Win + Home:    Minimizes or maximizes all but the active window
  • Win + M: Minimizes all open windows
  • Win + Shift + M: Maximizes all minimized windows on the desktop.
  • Win + Tab: Opens Desktop view
  • Win + S or Win + Q: Opens Windows Search
  • Win + Left arrow key: Splits the current window or app to the left
  • Win + Right arrow key: Splits the current window or app to the right.
  • Win + Shift + Up arrow key: Extends the active window to the top and bottom of the screen.
  • Win + Shift + Down arrow key: Minimizes or restores active desktop windows vertically (no change in width).
  • Win + Ctrl + D: Adds a new virtual desktop
  • Win + Ctrl + F4: Closes the active virtual desktop.
  • Win + Ctrl + Left arrow: Switches or toggles to the virtual desktops which you have created on the left.
  • Win + Ctrl + Right arrow: Switches or toggles to the virtual desktops which you have created on the right
  • Win + comma (,): Glance at the desktop until you liberate the WINDOWS key.
  • Alt + Tab: Shows all open apps
  • Ctrl + Shift: Switch keyboard layout.
  • Ctrl + Arrow keys + Spacebar: Select more than one item on the desktop

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – Command Prompt Shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + M: Activates Mark mode.
  • Ctrl + Home (in Mark mode): Moves the cursor to the start of the buffer.
  • Ctrl + End (in Mark mode): Moves the cursor to the bottom of the buffer.
  • Ctrl + A: Selects all the contents on the current line
  • Ctrl + F: Open search for Command Prompt.
  • Ctrl + Home: Navigates to the top of the Command Prompt (cmd).
  • Ctrl + End: Navigates to the end of the cmd.
  • Ctrl + Up arrow: Moves the screen up one line within the output history.
  • Ctrl + Down arrow: Moves the screen down one line within the output history.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Arrow keys: Moves the cursor one word at once.
  • Alt + Shift + arrow keys: Whenever a tile or group is in focus over the Start menu, this shortcut moves it in the direction mentioned.
  • Alt + selection key: Starts selection in block mode
  • Shift + Up: Moves cursor up one line and then selects the text.
  • Shift + Down: Moves cursor down one line and then selects the text.
  • Shift + Page Up: Moves the cursor up a page
  • Shift + Page Down: Moves the cursor down a page
  • Shift + Home: Moves your cursor to the beginning of the current line
  • Shift + End: Moves your cursor to the bottom of the current line
  • Up/Down arrow keys: Cycles through command history of active session
  • Left/Right arrow keys: Moves cursor either left or right in the current command line
  • Page Up: Moves the cursor up a page
  • Page Down: Moves the cursor down a page

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – Dialog box Shortcuts:

If you want to navigate to the Dialog box of any application, then use the below shortcuts:

  1. Ctrl + N (number 1-9): Switches to nth tab.
  2. Ctrl + Tab: Moves forward through tabs.
  3. Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Moves backward through tabs.
  4. F4: Shows the items in the active list.
  5. Tab: Moves forward across options of the dialog box
  6. Shift + Tab: Moves backward across options of the dialog box
  7. Alt + underlined letter: Runs the command which is being used with the underlined letter.
  8. Arrow keys: Selects or moves to a button within a group of active buttons.
  9. Spacebar: Checks or unchecks the check box provided the active option is a check box.
  10. Backspace: Opens the parent folder if a folder is selected in the Open or Save As dialog box.

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Win + U: Opens Ease of Access Centre
  • Win + Enter: Opens Narrator
  • Win + A: Opens Action Center
  • Win + plus (+): Turns on Magnifier and Zoom in
  • Win + minus (-): Zooms out using Magnifier
  • Win + Esc: Exits Magnifier
  • Win + Ctrl + O: Opens on-screen keyboard
  • Ctrl + Alt + L: Switches to lens mode in Magnifier
  • Ctrl + Alt + F: Switches to full-screen mode in Magnifier
  • Ctrl + Alt + D: Switches to the docked mode in Magnifier
  • Ctrl + Alt + M: Cycles through views in Magnifier
  • Ctrl + Alt + I: Inverts colors in Magnifier
  • Ctrl + Alt + R: Resizes the lens through the mouse in Magnifier
  • Ctrl + Alt + mouse scroll: Zooms in or out using mouse
  • Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys: Pans in the direction of the arrow keys in Magnifier.
  • Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock: Turns Mouse Keys on/off
  • Left Alt + left Shift + PrtSc: Turn High Contrast on/off
  • Press Right Shift for 8 seconds: Turns Filter Keys on and off
  • Press Num Lock for 5 seconds: Turns Toggle Keys on/off
  • Press Shift 5 times: Turns Sticky Keys on/off

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – Browser Shortcuts:

  1. Ctrl + F: Finds the content you type on the page
  2. Alt + D: Selects the URL specified in the address bar for editing
  3. Ctrl + H: Opens History
  4. Ctrl + J: Opens Downloads in a new tab
  5. Ctrl + P: Prints the current page
  6. Ctrl + R or F5: Refreshes the active window
  7. Ctrl + T: Open a new tab and switch to it

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – Additional Keyboard Shortcuts:

  • Win + C: Opens Cortana app
  • Win + V: Opens Clipboard History
  • Win + Y: Switches input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop.
  • Win + O: Locks your device orientation
  • Win + H: Launches Voice Typing
  • Win + F: Opens Feedback Hub
  • Win + K: Opens Connect quick setting
  • Win + G: Opens Game bar
  • Win + Pause: Shows the System Properties Page
  • Win + Ctrl +F: Searches for PCs (if you’re on a network)
  • Win + Alt + T: Shows/hides recording timer of the game
  • Win + Alt + R: Starts or stops recording the active game
  • Win + Alt + G: Records the last 30 seconds of the active game
  • Win + Alt + PrtSc: Captures a screenshot of the active game
  • Win + Spacebar: Switches input language and keyboard layout
  • Win + forward slash (/): Starts IME reconversion
  • Win + Shift +Left or Right arrow key: Moves a window or app from one monitor to another
  • Win + Shift + Number key (0-9): Opens another instance of the app that is pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
  • Win + Alt + Number key (0-9): Opens Jump List of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
  • Win + Ctrl+ Number key (0-9): Switches to the last active window of the app that is pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
  • Win + Ctrl+ Shift + Number key (0-9): Opens another instance as an administrator of the specific app that is pinned to the taskbar in the number position.

Conclusion

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