Windows 11 Control and Navigation Shortcuts Guide

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Windows 11 provides several keyboard shortcuts that can be useful in everyday life. Microsoft’s operating system kept many of the commands from the previous version, but as you would expect, the software also brought new features, so there are new shortcuts to help with productivity. Below you can see a list of all of them.

new shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Windows key + AOpen Action Center
Windows key + NOpen Notifications Panel
Windows key + WOpen Widget Panel
Windows key + ZQuick access to “Snap Layout”
Windows key + COpen Microsoft Teams

essential shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Ctrl + XCut selected item
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy the selected item
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste the selected item
Ctrl + Zundo an action
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps
Alt + F4Close the active item or exit the active application
Windows key + Llock the computer
Windows key + DShow and hide the desktop
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4Show address bar list in File Explorer
F5Update active window
F6Cycle through the screen elements of a window or desktop
F10Activate the Menu Bar in the active application
Alt + F8Display your password on the credentials screen
Alt + EscCycle through items in the order they were opened
Alt + underlined letterExecute the command for that letter
Alt + EnterShow properties of the selected item
Alt + SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu of the active window
Alt + Left ArrowReturn
Alt + Right ArrowAdvance
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen
Alt + Page DownMove down one screen
Ctrl + F4Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and allow multiple documents open at the same time)
Ctrl + ASelect all items in a document or window
Ctrl + D (or Delete)Delete selected item and move it to Trash
Ctrl + EOpen Search (in most apps)
Ctrl + R (or F5)Update active window
Ctrl + Yredo an action
Ctrl + Right ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next word
Ctrl + Left ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous word
Ctrl + Down ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up ArrowMove the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph
Ctrl + Alt + TabUse arrow keys to switch between all open apps
Alt + Shift + arrow keysWhen a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the specified direction
Ctrl + Shift + arrow keysWhen a tile has focused on the Start menu, move it to another tile to create a folder
Ctrl + arrow keysResize Start Menu When It’s Open
Ctrl + arrow key (to go to an item) + SpacebarSelect multiple items separately in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl + Shift with an arrow keySelect a block of text
Ctrl + Escopen start
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Ctrl + ShiftChange keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available
Shift + F10Show shortcut menu for the selected item
Shift + any arrow keysSelect more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document
Shift + DeleteDelete the selected item without moving it to Trash first
right arrowOpen the next menu on the right or open a submenu
left arrowOpen the next menu on the left or close a submenu
EscStop or end the current task
PrtScnTake a screenshot of the entire screen and copy it to the clipboard

Command Prompt Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert)Copy selected text
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert)Paste selected text
Ctrl + MEnter Brand Mode
Alt + select keyStart selection in lock mode
arrow keysMove the cursor in the specified direction
Page UpMove cursor up one page
Page DownMove the cursor down one page
Ctrl + Home (mark mode)Move the cursor to start of next buffer
Ctrl + End (mark mode)Move the cursor to the end of next buffer
Ctrl + Up ArrowMove up one line in the output history
Ctrl + Down ArrowMove down one line in the output history

Windows key shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Windows keyOpen or close Start
Windows key + AOpen Quick Settings
Windows key + BSet focus to the first icon in the corner of the Taskbar
Windows key + COpen Microsoft Teams
Windows key + Shift + COpen the buttons menu
Windows key + Ctrl + CTurn on colour filters (activate this shortcut first in colour filters settings)
Windows key + DShow and hide the desktop
Windows key + EOpen File Explorer
Windows key + FOpen Feedback Hub and take a screenshot
Windows key + GOpen the Xbox Game Bar when a game is open
Windows key + HStart voice typing
Windows key + IOpen Settings
Windows key + JSet focus to a Windows tip when one is available
Windows key + LLock your computer or change your account
Windows key + MMinimize all windows
Windows key + Shift + MRestore minimized windows on the desktop
Windows key + NOpen notification centre and calendar
Windows key + OLock device orientation
Windows key + PChoose a presentation view
Windows key + Ctrl + QOpen Quick Assistance
Windows key + ROpen the Run dialog box
Windows key + Alt + RRecord video of game window in focus (using Xbox Game Bar)
Windows key + Sopen search
Windows key + Shift + STake a screenshot of part of your screen
Windows key + TCycle through apps on the taskbar
Windows key + UOpen Accessibility Settings
Windows key + VOpen clipboard history
Windows key‌ + WOpen Widgets
Windows key + XOpen the Quick Link menu
Windows key + YSwitch input between Windows Mixed Reality and desktop
Windows key + ZOpen layout adjustment
Windows key + period (.) or semicolon (;)Open the emoji panel
Windows key + comma (,)Temporarily spy on the desktop
Windows Key + PauseOpen the About menu
Windows key + Ctrl + FSearch for computers (if you are on a network)
Windows key + numberOpen the desktop and launch the application pinned to the taskbar, in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app
Windows key + Shift + numberOpen the desktop and launch a new instance of the application pinned to the taskbar, at the position indicated by the number
Windows key + Ctrl + numberOpen the desktop and switch to the last active window of the application pinned to the taskbar, in the position indicated by the number
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + numberOpen the desktop and open a new instance of the application located at the specified position on the taskbar as an administrator
Windows key + TabOpen the tasks view
Windows Key + Up Arrowmaximize window
Windows Key + Alt + Up ArrowSnap window into focus in the top half of the screen
Windows Key + Down ArrowRemove the current application from the screen or minimize the desktop window
Windows Key + Alt + Down ArrowSnap the window into focus in the lower half of the screen
Windows Key + Left ArrowMaximize application window or desktop on the left side of the screen
Windows Key + Right ArrowMaximize application window or desktop on the right side of the screen
Windows + Home keyMinimize all desktop windows except the active one (restore all windows with a second press)
Windows Key + Shift + Up ArrowStretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows Key + Shift + Left or Right ArrowMove an application or window on the desktop from one monitor to another.
Windows key + SpacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Windows key + Ctrl + Enterturn on narrator
Windows key + Plus sign (+)Open the magnifying glass and zoom in
Windows key + Minus sign (-)Zoom in on the magnifying glass
Windows key‌ + Escclose the magnifying glass
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + BWake up PC from a blank or black screen
Windows key + PrtScnSave and Archive a Full Screenshot
Windows key + Alt + PrtScnSave and archive a screenshot of the game window in focus (using Xbox Game Bar)

File Explorer Shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Ctrl + ESelect the search box
Ctrl + Nopen a new window
Ctrl + WClose active window
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelChange the size and appearance of file and folder icons
Ctrl + Shift + EShow all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Num Lock + asterisk (*)Show all subfolders of the selected folder
Num Lock + Plus key (+)Show the contents of the selected folder
Num Lock + minus key (-)Collapse the selected folder
Alt + EnterOpen the Properties dialog for the selected item
Alt + Right Arrowshow next folder
Alt + Left Arrowshow previous folder

Taskbar shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app or quickly open another instance of an app
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator
Shift + right-click a taskbar buttonDisplay the application window menu
Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar buttonDisplay the group window menu
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar buttonSwitch group windows

Virtual desktop shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Windows key + TabOpen the tasks view
Windows key + Ctrl + DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows key + Ctrl + Right ArrowSwitch between virtual desktops created on the right
Windows Key + Ctrl + Left ArrowSwitch between created virtual desktops on the left
Windows key + Ctrl + F4Close the virtual desktop you are using

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