List of Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

In this article, we are going to tell you about shortcut keys for Windows 11 that will increase your productivity.

  • Windows Key + C – Open Chat with Microsoft Teams or open Cortana (if enabled).
  • Windows Key + D – Show you the desktop
  • Windows Key + E – Open the File Explorer directly.
  • Windows Key + A – Open the Quick Settings panel. You can enable WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and more on the Quick Settings.
  • Windows Key + F – Open the Feedback Hub and immediately take a screenshot. You can use this to send feedback to Microsoft.
  • Windows Key + G – Open the Xbox Game Bar on your PC. You can capture in-game screenshots, monitor FPS, and more with the Xbox Game bar.
  • Windows Key + I – Launch the Settings app on your PC.
  • Windows Key + Pause – Open the About Page section of your PC. This will display information about your computer hardware & Windows version.
  • Windows Key + K – Opens the Cast Panel. You can connect to wireless displays that support Miracast.
  • Windows Key + L – Locks your PC. Pressing this key takes you to the lock screen.
  • Windows Key + M – Minimizes all your opened Windows.
  • Windows Key + N – Opens the Notification center and calendar.
  • Windows Key + O – Locks the device’s orientation.
  • Windows Key + P – Change the display mode for multiple monitors.
  • Windows Key + Q – Opens the Quick Assist. With Quick Assist, you can remotely connect to other users over the internet.
  • Windows Key + R – Opens the RUN dialog box of your computer.
  • Windows Key + S – Open Windows Search.
  • Windows Key + U – Opens the Accessibility Settings.
  • Windows Key + V – Opens the clipboard history of Windows 11.
  • Windows Key + W – Opens the Widget panel of your Windows 11 PC.
  • Windows Key + X – Open the Quick Link menu. You can access features like Settings, Task Manager, File Explorer.
  • Windows Key + Y – Lets you switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and the desktop.
  • Windows Key + Z – Open the snap layouts panel. With Snap Layouts, you can put multiple apps side by side.
  • Windows Key + . – Use this keyboard shortcut to open Windows 11’s new emoji panel.
  • Windows Key + , – To Peek at the desktop.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F – For Azure Active Directory domains.
  • Windows key + Spacebar – Opens the language and input methods. You can use this shortcut to cycle between language and input methods.
  • Windows key + Shift + Spacebar – Cycle backward on the Languages and input.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Spacebar – Selects the last used Language and input method.
  • Ctrl + Shift – Switch to a different keyboard layout.
  • Ctrl + Spacebar – If you use the Chinese Language, you can use this to turn the Chinese IME on or off.
  • Windows key + Ctrl+ Enter – To turn on the Windows 11 narrator.
  • Windows key + + (plus) – Turns on the Magnifier into the screen.
  • Windows key + – (minus) – To zoom out the Magnifier.
  • Windows key + Esc – To close the Magnifier.
  • Windows key + / (forward slash) – This begin IME reconversion.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B – To wake up your PC from a black screen.
  • Windows key + PrtScn – To take a full-screen screenshot.
  • Windows key + Alt+ PrtScn – To take a screenshot of games and save it into a file (Xbox Game Bar).
  • Ctrl + Esc – To open the Start Menu.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Esc – Opens the Task Manager of your Windows 11.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts for Multitasking

  • Windows key + Tab – Open the Task View.
  • Alt + Tab – To switch to your last active window.
  • Alt + Esc – Cycle through windows.
  • Alt + F4 – To close the active window or app.
  • Windows key + Up arrow – Maximize the active Window.
  • Windows key + Alt + Up arrow – Snaps the active window to the top half of your screen.
  • Windows key + Down arrow – Sets the active window to a smaller size. If the Window is not maximized, the shortcut hides the Window into the taskbar.
  • Windows key + Alt + Down arrow – Snaps the active window to the bottom half of the screen.
  • Windows key + Left arrow – Snaps the active window to the left half of the screen.
  • Windows key + Right arrow – Snaps the active Window to the right half of the screen.
  • Windows key + Home – To minimize all windows except the active Window. Pressing the shortcut again will restore the minimized window.
  • Windows key + Shift + Up arrow – To stretch the active Window to take up the entire vertical space.
  • Windows Key + Shift + Down arrow – To reverse the action of the Windows Key + Shif + Up arrow.
  • Windows key + Shift + Right arrow – To move the active window to a different monitor on the right.
  • Windows key + Shift + Left arrow – To move the active window to a different monitor on the left.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + D – Creates a new virtual desktop.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Left arrow – To switch between virtual desktop from left to right.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Right arrow – To switch between virtual desktop from right to left.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + F4 – To close the current virtual desktop.

 

File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Alt + D – To set focus on the address bar.
  • Ctrl + E – Focuses on the search bar on Windows 11’s file explorer.
  • Ctrl + N – Opens a new Window.
  • Ctrl + W – Closes the active Window.
  • Ctrl + Shift + N – To create a new folder in the File Explorer.
  • Ctrl + Shift + E – To display all the folders in the parent directory.
  • Alt + Enter – To view the selected file/folder properties.
  • Alt + P – Shows you the Preview panel.
  • Alt + Left arrow – To go back one page.
  • Alt + Right arrow – To go forward one page.
  • Alt + Up arrow – Shows you the parent folder of the opened folder.
  • Ctrl + Spacebar – Select individual items while navigating.
  • Home – Take you to the top of the current page.
  • End – Take you to the end of the current page.

 

Keyboard Shortcuts For Dialog Boxes

  • Spacebar – Display items in an active list.
  • Arrow keys – Use Arrow keys to select a button in the group.
  • Spacebar – Check or uncheck an active item if it’s a checkbox.
  • Ctrl + Tab – To switch through different tabs.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab – To switch backward through different tabs
  • Tab – Move through the options available on the current page.
  • Shift + Tab – To move backward through the options.
  • Alt + (letter) – Select the option with the underlined letter.

 

Keyboard Shortcut for Taskbar

  • Windows key + T – Cycle through apps on the taskbar.
  • Windows key + (number) – To start an app pinned on the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
  • Windows key + Shift + (number) – Starts a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar.
  • Windows key + Ctrl + (number) – Switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar based on the position indicated by the numbers.
  • Windows key + Alt + (number) – Open the jump list for the app pinned to the taskbar based on the position indicated by the numbers
  • Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + (number) – Open a new instance of the app (As an administrator) based on the position indicated by the numbers.
  • Shift + left mouse click – Open a new instance of the selected app.
  • Ctrl + Shift + left mouse click – To run the selected app as an administrator.
  • Shift + right mouse click – Opens the Window menu for the selected app.
  • Ctrl + left mouse click – Cycle through all open windows for the app.
  • Windows key + B – Focuses on the first icon in the taskbar.

 

Other General Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + A – Selects all items or text.
  • Ctrl + D – Delete selected items or text.
  • Ctrl + X – T cut the items or texts
  • Ctrl + C – Copies a selected item or text.
  • Ctrl + V – To paste the copied item or text.
  • Ctrl + Z – Undo your last action
  • Ctrl + Y – Redo your undone action.
  • F2 – Rename the selected item.
  • F4 – To display the address bar list in the File Explorer.
  • Ctrl + R – Refresh the active Window or page.
  • F6 – Cycle through the screen elements of the active Window.
  • F10 – Opens the menu bar in the active Window.
  • Alt + F8 – Shows your password on the Windows Sign-in screen.
  • Alt + Spacebar – Opens the shortcut menu for the active Window
  • Left arrow in menus – Move to the left on the menu.
  • Right arrow in menus – Move to the right on the menu.
  • Ctrl + F4 – Closes an active item or Window.
  • Ctrl + E – Opens the search box in some apps.
  • Ctrl + Right arrow – Moves the text cursor to the beginning of the next word.
  • Ctrl + Left arrow – Moves the text cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
  • Ctrl + Up arrow – Moves the text cursor up one paragraph.
  • Ctrl + Down arrow – Move the text cursor to the next paragraph.
  • Alt + Shift + (arrow key) – To move the pinned apps in the direction of the arrow.
  • Shift + Left – Selects the previous character.
  • Shift + Right – Selects the next character.
  • Shift + Up – Selects the previous line.
  • Shift + Down – Selects the next line.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Left – Select the previous word.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Right – Select the next word.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Up – Selects the previous paragrah.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Down – Selects the next paragrah.
        • Esc – This one stops or lets you leave an active task.