We’ll go over all of the new keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft’s newest operating system, as well as some of the old ones. While some of the keyboard shortcuts in this article will be recognizable to long-term Windows users, some may be unfamiliar to others. With that said, here are the most useful keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11 that you should learn also you can download these shortcut keys in PDF and Excel files for future reference.
1. Other Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11
Win + G
Open Game bar
Win + Alt + G
Record the last 30 seconds of the active game
Win + Alt + R
Start or stop recording the active game
Win + Alt + PrtSc
Take a screenshot of the active game
Win + Alt + T
Show/hide recording timer of the game
Win + forward slash (/)
Start IME reconversion
Win + F
Open Feedback Hub
Win + H
Launch Voice Typing
Win + K
Open the Connect quick setting
Win + O
Lock your device orientation
Win + Pause
Display the System Properties Page
Win + Ctrl + F
Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)
Win + Shift + Left or Right arrow key
Move an app or window from one monitor to another
Win + Spacebar
Switch input language and keyboard layout
Win + V
Open Clipboard History
Win + Y
Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop.
Win + C
Launch Cortana app
Win + Shift + Number key (0-9)
Open another instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
Win + Ctrl + Number key (0-9)
Switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
Win + Alt + Number key (0-9)
Open Jump List of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number key (0-9)
Open another instance as an administrator of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
2. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11
Win + U
Open Ease of Access Centre
Win + plus (+)
Turn on Magnifier and Zoom in
Win + minus (-)
Zoom out using Magnifier
Win + Esc
Ctrl + Alt + D
Switch to docked mode in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + F
Switch to full-screen mode in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + L
Switch to lens mode in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + I
Invert colors in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + M
Cycle through views in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + R
Resize the lens with the mouse in Magnifier.
Ctrl + Alt + arrow keys
Pan in the direction of the arrow keys in Magnifier.
Ctrl + Alt + mouse scroll
Zoom in or out using mouse
Win + Enter
Win + Ctrl + O
Open on-screen keyboard
Press Right Shift for eight seconds
Turn Filter Keys on and off
Left Alt + left Shift + PrtSc
Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + left Shift + Num Lock
Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Press Shift five times
Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Press Num Lock for five seconds
Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Win + A
Open Action Center
3. Dialog box Shortcuts for Windows 11
Ctrl + Tab
Move forward through tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Move back through tabs.
Ctrl + N (number 1–9)
Switch to nth tab.
Show the items in the active list.
Move forward through options of the dialog box
Shift + Tab
Move back through options of the dialog box
Alt + underlined letter
Execute the command (or select the option) that is used with the underlined letter.
Check or Uncheck the check box if the active option is a check box.
Select or move to a button in a group of active buttons.
Open the parent folder if a folder is selected in the Open or Save As dialog box.
4. Command Prompt Shortcuts for Windows 11
Ctrl + Home
Scroll to the top of the Command Prompt (cmd).
Ctrl + End
Scroll to the bottom of the cmd.
Ctrl + A
Select everything on the current line
Move the cursor up a page
Move the cursor down a page
Ctrl + M
Enter Mark mode.
Ctrl + Home (in Mark mode)
Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer.
Ctrl + End (in Mark mode)
Move the cursor to the end of the buffer.
Up or Down arrow keys
Cycle through command history of active session
Left or Right arrow keys
Move cursor left or right in the current command line.
Shift + Home
Move your cursor to the start of the current line
Shift + End
Move your cursor to the end of the current line
Shift + Page Up
Move cursor up one screen and select text.
Shift + Page Down
Move cursor down one screen and select text.
Ctrl + Up arrow
Move the screen up one line in the output history.
Ctrl + Down arrow
Move the screen down one line in the output history.
Shift + Up
Move cursor up one line and select the text.
Shift + Down
Move cursor down one line and select the text.
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys
Move the cursor one word at a time.
Ctrl + F
Open search for Command Prompt.
5. File Explorer Shortcuts for Windows 11
Win + E
Open the File Explorer.
Ctrl + E
Open the search box in the file explorer.
Ctrl + N
Open the current window in a new window.
Ctrl + W
Close active window.
Ctrl + M
Start the mark mode
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll
Change the file and folder view.
Switch between left and right panes
Ctrl + Shift + N
Create a new folder.
Ctrl + Shift + E
Expand all subfolders in the navigation pane on the left.
Alt + D
Select address bar of the File Explorer.
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8)
Changes folder view.
Alt + P
Display the preview panel.
Alt + Enter
Open the Properties settings for the selected item.
Num Lock + plus (+)
Expand the selected drive or folder
Num Lock + minus (-)
Collapse the selected drive or folder.
Num Lock + asterisk (*)
Expand all the subfolders under the selected drive or folder.
Alt + Right arrow
Go the next folder.
Alt + Left arrow (or Backspace)
Go the previous folder
Alt + Up arrow
Go to the parent folder the folder was in.
Switch focus to address bar.
Refresh the File Explorer
Right Arrow key
Expand the current folder tree or select the first subfolder (if it’s expanded) in the left pane.
Left Arrow Key
Collapse the current folder tree or select the parent folder (if it’s collapsed) in the left pane.
Move to the top of the active window.
Move to the bottom of the active window.
6. Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11
Ctrl + Shift + Left Click app button or icon
Run an app as administrator from the taskbar
Win + 1
Open the app in the first position on your taskbar.
Win + Number (0 – 9)
Open the app in the number position from the taskbar.
Win + T
Cycle through apps in the taskbar.
Win + Alt + D
View Date and Time from the taskbar
Shift + Left Click app button
Open another instance of an app from the taskbar.
Shift + Right-click grouped app icon
Show the window menu for the group apps from the taskbar.
Win + B
Highlight the first item in the Notification Area and use the Arrow key switch between the item
Alt + Windows key + number keys
Open the application’s menu on the task bar
7. Desktop and Virtual Desktops Shortcuts for Windows 11
Window logo key (Win)
Open Start menu
Ctrl + Shift
Switch keyboard layout
Alt + Tab
View all open apps
Ctrl + Arrow keys + Spacebar
Select more than one item on the desktop
Win + M
Minimize all open windows
Win + Shift + M
Maximize all minimized windows on the desktop.
Win + Home
Minimize or maximize all but the active window
Win + Left Arrow Key
Snap the current app or window to the Left
Win + Right Arrow Key
Snap the current app or window to the RIght.
Win + Shift + Up arrow key
Stretch the active window to the top and bottom of the screen.
Win + Shift + Down arrow key
Restore or minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width.
Win + Tab
Open Desktop view
Win + Ctrl + D
Add a new virtual desktop
Win + Ctrl + F4
Close the active virtual desktop.
Win key + Ctrl + Right arrow
Toggle or switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the Right
Win key + Ctrl + Left arrow
Toggle or switch to the virtual desktops you’ve created on the Left
CTRL + SHIFT while dragging icon or file
Create a shortcut
Win + S or Win + Q
Open WIndows Search
Win + Comma (,)
Take a peek look at the desktop until you release the WINDOWS key.
8. General and Popular Shortcuts for Windows 11
Ctrl + A
Select all contents
Ctrl + C
Copy the selected items
Ctrl + X
Cut the selected items
Ctrl + V
Paste the copied or cut items
Ctrl + Z
Undo an action
Ctrl + Y
Redo an action
Alt + Tab
Switch between the running applications
Win + Tab
Open Task View
Alt + F4
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.
Win + L
Lock your computer.
Win + D
Display and hide the desktop.
Ctrl + Delete
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.
Shift + Delete
Delete the selected item permanently.
PrtScn or Print
Capture a full screenshot and saves it in the clipboard.
Win + Shift + S
Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch.
Windows + X
Open Start button context menu.
Rename selected item.
Refresh the active window.
Open Menu bar in the current app.
Alt + Left arrow
Alt + Left arrow
Alt + Page Up
Move up one screen
Alt + Page Down
Move down one screen
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Open Task Manager.
Win + P
Project a screen.
Ctrl + P
Print the current page.
Shift + Arrow keys
Select more than one item.
Ctrl + S
Save the current file.
Ctrl + Shift + S
Ctrl + O
Open a file in the current app.
Alt + Esc
Cycle through the apps on the taskbar.
Alt + F8
Display your password on the login screen
Alt + Spacebar
Open the shortcut menu for the current window
Alt + Enter
Open properties for the selected item.
Alt + F10
Open the context menu (right-click menu) for the selected item.
Win + R
Open Run command.
Ctrl + N
Open a new program window of the current app
Win + Shift + S
Take a screen clipping
Win + I
Open Windows 11 settings
Go back to Settings home page
Stop or close the current task
Enter/Exit the full-screen mode
Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;)
Launch Emoji keyboard
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