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Your guide to Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

It’s been almost a year since Microsoft released its latest operating system, Windows 11. And while some features and keyboard shortcuts were carried over from Windows 10, several new ones have been added. Here’s a list of handy keyboard shortcuts to help you get the most out of Windows 11

General Windows 11 shortcuts

These shortcuts are for general functions, such as copy, cut, paste, and more.

CommandFunction
 Ctrl + A Highlights all items in the active window
 Ctrl + C Copies the highlighted items
 Ctrl + X Cuts the highlighted items
 Ctrl + V Pastes the cut or copied items
 Ctrl + Z Undoes recent changes
 Ctrl + Y Redoes recent changes
 Ctrl + Shift + Drag an icon Creates a shortcut
 Shift + Left mouse click Selects multiple items
 Ctrl + O Opens a file
 Ctrl + S Saves a file or folder
 Ctrl + Shift + S Opens the Save As dialog box
 Ctrl + N Opens a new window
 Alt + Tab Switches between active tabs or windows
 Alt + F4 Closes an active window
 Shift + Delete Deletes a file or folder without going through the recycle bin
 F5 Refreshes the active window

Windows 11 Command Prompt shortcuts

These shortcuts will help you navigate the Command Prompt terminal faster.

CommandFunction
 Ctrl + A Selects all items
 Ctrl + MActivates Mark mode
Ctrl + F Opens the Find dialog box
EscDeletes everything you typed
 Up and Down arrow keys Cycles through the command history
 Page Up/Down Moves the cursor up or down a whole page
 Shift + Home Repositions the cursor at the start of the current line

Windows 11 File Explorer shortcuts

Use these File Explorer shortcuts to manage your files and folders more efficiently.

CommandFunction
Win + EOpens File Explorer
Ctrl + NOpens another File Explorer window while you’re in File Explorer
Ctrl + EGoes to the Quick access search bar
Ctrl + WCloses File Explorer
Ctrl + Mouse scrollChanges how files and folders can be viewed
F4Goes to the File Explorer address bar
F5Refreshes the current File Explorer window
F6Toggles between the left and right pane
Ctrl + Shift + NCreates a new folder
Alt + PShows/Hides the preview panel
Alt + EnterShows the Properties window of the selected item
Alt + Left or Right arrow keysToggles between the next and previous folders
Alt + Up arrow keyGoes to the parent folder or directory
Num Lock + Plus (+) keyExpands the selected folder
Num Lock + Minus (-) keyCollapses the selected folder

New Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

Here are keyboard shortcuts you’ll find only in Windows 11.

CommandFunction
 Win + C Opens the Microsoft Teams chat app
 Win + H Opens Voice Typing
 Win + A Launches the Quick Settings flyout
 Win + N Opens the Notification Center
 Win + W Brings up the Widgets pane
 Win + Z Launches the Snap Layouts flyout

Remembering all these keyboard shortcuts can be difficult, but learning them can save you significant time and effort while working on tasks on a Windows 11 computer.

Having a printed copy of these shortcuts next to your computer will help you remember them or serve as a quick reference.

If you want to find more ways to increase your productivity using Windows 11, call our experts today.

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