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Windows keyboard shortcuts

1. New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11

Windows 11 brings a few Keyboard Shortcuts for accessing its cool new features such as widgets, snap layouts, action center, and quick settings.

FYI, Win key is the Windows Logo key on your keyboard.

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Open up the Widgets pane. It supplies you with the weather forecast, local traffic, news, and even your calendar. Win + W
Toggle up the Quick Settings. It controls the Volume, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness sliders, Focus Assist, and other settings. Win + A
Bring up the Notification Center. It shows all your notifications in the OS. Win + N
Open the Snap Layouts flyout. It helps you organize apps and windows for multitasking. Win + Z
Open Teams Chat app from Taskbar. It helps you quickly select a chat thread directly from the Taskbar. Win + C

Here are the most frequently used and essential keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11.

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Select all contents Ctrl + A
Copy the selected items Ctrl + C
Cut the selected items Ctrl + X
Paste the copied or cut items Ctrl + V
Undo an action Ctrl + Z
Redo an action Ctrl + Y
Switch between the running applications Alt + Tab
Open Task View Win + Tab
Close the active app or If you are on Desktop, open the Shutdown box to shut down, restart, log out or put your PC to sleep. Alt + F4
Lock your computer. Win + L
Display and hide the desktop. Win + D
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin. Ctrl + Delete
Delete the selected item permanently. Shift + Delete
Capture a full screenshot and saves it in the clipboard. PrtScn or Print
Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch. Win + Shift + S
Open Start button context menu. Windows + X
Rename selected item. F2
Refresh the active window. F5
Open Menu bar in the current app. F10
Go back. Alt + Left arrow
Go forward. Alt + Left arrow
Move up one screen Alt + Page Up
Move down one screen Alt + Page Down
Open Task Manager. Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Project a screen. Win + P
Print the current page. Ctrl + P
Select more than one item. Shift + Arrow keys
Save the current file. Ctrl + S
Save As Ctrl + Shift + S
Open a file in the current app. Ctrl + O
Cycle through the apps on the taskbar. Alt + Esc
Display your password on the login screen Alt + F8
Open the shortcut menu for the current window Alt + Spacebar
Open properties for the selected item. Alt + Enter
Open the context menu (right-click menu) for the selected item. Alt + F10
Open Run command. Win + R
Open a new program window of the current app Ctrl + N
Take a screen clipping Win + Shift + S
Open Windows 11 settings Win + I
Go back to Settings home page Backspace
Stop or close the current task Esc
Enter/Exit the full-screen mode F11
Launch Emoji keyboard Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;)

3. Desktop and Virtual Desktops Shortcuts for Windows 11

These simple shortcuts will help you navigate your desktop and virtual desktops more smoothly.

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Open Start menu Window logo key (Win)
Switch keyboard layout Ctrl + Shift
View all open apps Alt + Tab
Select more than one item on the desktop Ctrl + Arrow keys + Spacebar
Minimize all open windows Win + M
Maximize all minimized windows on the desktop. Win + Shift + M
Minimize or maximize all but the active window Win + Home
Snap the current app or window to the Left Win + Left Arrow Key
Snap the current app or window to the RIght. Win + Right Arrow Key
Stretch the active window to the top and bottom of the screen. Win + Shift + Up arrow key
Restore or minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width. Win + Shift + Down arrow key
Open Desktop view Win + Tab
Add a new virtual desktop Win + Ctrl + D
Close the active virtual desktop. Win + Ctrl + F4
Toggle or switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the Right Win key + Ctrl + Right arrow
Toggle or switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the Left Win key + Ctrl + Left arrow
Create a shortcut CTRL + SHIFT while dragging icon or file
Open WIndows Search Win + S or Win + Q
Take a peek look at the desktop until you release the WINDOWS key. Win + Comma (,)

4. Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

You can use below keyboard shortcuts to take control of your taskbar:

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Run an app as administrator from the taskbar Ctrl + Shift + Left Click app button or icon
Open the app in the first position on your taskbar. Win + 1
Open the app in the number position from the taskbar. Win + Number (0 - 9)
Cycle through apps in the taskbar. Win + T
View Date and Time from the taskbar Win + Alt + D
Open another instance of an app from the taskbar. Shift + Left Click app button
Show the window menu for the group apps from the taskbar. Shift + Right-click grouped app icon
Highlight the first item in the Notification Area and use the Arrow key switch between the item Win + B
Open the application’s menu on the task bar Alt + Windows key + number keys

5. File Explorer Shortcuts for Windows 11

These keyboard shortcuts can help you navigate your Windows filesystem quickly than ever:

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Open the File Explorer. Win + E
Open the search box in the file explorer. Ctrl + E
Open the current window in a new window. Ctrl + N
Close active window. Ctrl + W
Start the mark mode Ctrl + M
Change the file and folder view. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll
Switch between left and right panes F6
Create a new folder. Ctrl + Shift + N
Expand all subfolders in the navigation pane on the left. Ctrl + Shift + E
Select address bar of the File Explorer. Alt + D
Changes folder view. Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8)
Display the preview panel. Alt + P
Open the Properties settings for the selected item. Alt + Enter
Expand the selected drive or folder Num Lock + plus (+)
Collapse the selected drive or folder. Num Lock + minus (-)
Expand all the subfolders under the selected drive or folder. Num Lock + asterisk (*)
Go the next folder. Alt + Right arrow
Go the previous folder Alt + Left arrow (or Backspace)
Go to the parent folder the folder was in. Alt + Up arrow
Switch focus to address bar. F4
Refresh the File Explorer F5
Expand the current folder tree or select the first subfolder (if it’s expanded) in the left pane. Right Arrow key
Collapse the current folder tree or select the parent folder (if it’s collapsed) in the left pane. Left Arrow Key
Move to the top of the active window. Home
Move to the bottom of the active window. End

6. Command Prompt Shortcuts for Windows 11

If you are a Command Prompt user, then these shortcuts will come handy:

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Scroll to the top of the Command Prompt (cmd). Ctrl + Home
Scroll to the bottom of the cmd. Ctrl + End
Select everything on the current line Ctrl + A
Move the cursor up a page Page Up
Move the cursor down a page Page Down
Enter Mark mode. Ctrl + M
Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer. Ctrl + Home (in Mark mode)
Move the cursor to the end of the buffer. Ctrl + End (in Mark mode)
Cycle through command history of active session Up or Down arrow keys
Move cursor left or right in the current command line. Left or Right arrow keys
Move your cursor to the start of the current line Shift + Home
Move your cursor to the end of the current line Shift + End
Move cursor up one screen and select text. Shift + Page Up
Move cursor down one screen and select text. Shift + Page Down
Move the screen up one line in the output history. Ctrl + Up arrow
Move the screen down one line in the output history. Ctrl + Down arrow
Move cursor up one line and select the text. Shift + Up
Move cursor down one line and select the text. Shift + Down
Move the cursor one word at a time. Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys
Open search for Command Prompt. Ctrl + F

7. Dialog box Shortcuts for Windows 11

Use the following Windows hotkeys to navigate the Dialog box of any application easily:

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Move forward through tabs. Ctrl + Tab
Move back through tabs. Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Switch to nth tab. Ctrl + N (number 1–9)
Show the items in the active list. F4
Move forward through options of the dialog box Tab
Move back through options of the dialog box Shift + Tab
Execute the command (or select the option) that is used with the underlined letter. Alt + underlined letter
Check or Uncheck the check box if the active option is a check box. Spacebar
Select or move to a button in a group of active buttons. Arrow keys
Open the parent folder if a folder is selected in the Open or Save As dialog box. Backspace

8. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

Windows 11 provides these keyboard shortcuts to make your computer more accessible and easier to use for everyone:

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Open Ease of Access Centre Win + U
Turn on Magnifier and Zoom in Win + plus (+)
Zoom out using Magnifier Win + minus (-)
Exit Magnifier Win + Esc
Switch to docked mode in Magnifier Ctrl + Alt + D
Switch to full-screen mode in Magnifier Ctrl + Alt + F
Switch to lens mode in Magnifier Ctrl + Alt + L
Invert colors in Magnifier Ctrl + Alt + I
Cycle through views in Magnifier Ctrl + Alt + M
Resize the lens with the mouse in Magnifier. Ctrl + Alt + R
Pan in the direction of the arrow keys in Magnifier. Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys
Zoom in or out using mouse Ctrl + Alt + mouse scroll
Open Narrator Win + Enter
Open on-screen keyboard Win + Ctrl + O
Turn Filter Keys on and off Press Right Shift for eight seconds
Turn High Contrast on or off Left Alt + left Shift + PrtSc
Turn Mouse Keys on or off Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock
Turn Sticky Keys on or off Press Shift five times
Turn Toggle Keys on or off Press Num Lock for five seconds
Open Action Center Win + A

9. Other Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

ACTION SHORTCUTS KEYS
Open Game bar Win + G
Record the last 30 seconds of the active game Win + Alt + G
Start or stop recording the active game Win + Alt + R
Take a screenshot of the active game Win + Alt + PrtSc
Show/hide recording timer of the game Win + Alt + T
Start IME reconversion Win + forward slash (/)
Open Feedback Hub Win + F
Launch Voice Typing Win + H
Open the Connect quick setting Win + K
Lock your device orientation Win + O
Display the System Properties Page Win + Pause
Search for PCs (if you’re on a network) Win + Ctrl + F
Move an app or window from one monitor to another Win + Shift + Left or Right arrow key
Switch input language and keyboard layout Win + Spacebar
Open Clipboard History Win + V
Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop. Win + Y
Launch Cortana app Win + C
Open another instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position. Win + Shift + Number key (0-9)
Switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position. Win + Ctrl + Number key (0-9)
Open Jump List of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position. Win + Alt + Number key (0-9)
Open another instance as an administrator of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position. Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number key (0-9)