Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 11  

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
4 months ago
- Shortcuts

This page effectively lists official Windows 10 shortcuts, which should be working on Windows 11 too. As we discover Windows 11 specific shortcuts, we'll add them below in a separate heading on top. Please let us know in the comment box, if you discover a new shortcut.

These shortcuts are new in Windows 11. They're complementary for the new features of the operating system, such as split notification center.
9
Win + A

Open Quick Settings

6
Win + N

Open Notification Center

3
Win + W

Open Windows Widgets

3
Win + Z

Launch Snap Assist

Snap Assist is a new feature aims to enhance multitasking and window management. It improves the existing windows snapping feature.
-1
Ctrl + X

Cut the selected item

-1
Ctrl + C

Copy the selected item

-2
Ctrl + Insert

Paste the selected item

-1
or Ctrl + V
1
or ↑   Shift + Insert
0
Ctrl + Z

Undo an action

0
Alt + Tab

Switch between open apps

1
Alt + F4

Close the active item, or exit the active app

4
Win + L

Lock your PC

3
Win + D

Display and hide the desktop

1
F2

Rename the selected item

0
F3

Search for a file or folder in File Explorer

0
F4

Display the address bar list in File Explorer

0
F5

Refresh the active window

0
F6

Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop

1
F10

Activate the Menu bar in the active app

0
Alt + F8

Show your password on the sign-in screen

1
Alt + Esc

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened

0
Alt + A - Z

(underlined letter) Perform the command for that letter

0
Alt + ⤶ Enter

Display properties for the selected item

1
Alt + Space

Open the shortcut menu for the active window

0
Alt +

Go back

0
Alt +

Go forward

-1
Alt + Page Up

Move up one screen

0
Alt + Page Down

Move down one screen

0
Ctrl + F4

Close the active document (in apps that are full-screen and let you have multiple documents open at the same time)

0
Ctrl + A

Select all items in a document or window

0
Ctrl + D

Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin

0
or Del
0
Ctrl + R

Refresh the active window

0
or Ctrl + F5
0
Ctrl + Y

Redo an action

0
Ctrl +

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word

0
Ctrl +

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word

0
Ctrl +

Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph

0
Ctrl +

Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph

0
Ctrl + Alt + Tab

Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps

0
Alt + ↑   Shift + ← ↑ → ↓

When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified

0
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ← ↑ → ↓

When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder

0
Ctrl + ← ↑ → ↓

Resize the Start menu when it's open

0
Ctrl + ← ↑ → ↓ then Space

Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop

0
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + ← ↑ → ↓

Select a block of text

0
Ctrl + Esc

Open Start

1
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager

0
Ctrl + ↑   Shift

Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available

0
Ctrl + Space

Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off

0
↑   Shift + F10

Display the shortcut menu for the selected item

0
↑   Shift + ← ↑ → ↓

Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document

0
↑   Shift + Del

Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first

0

Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu

0

Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu

-1
Esc

Stop or leave the current task

0
Print Screen

Take a screenshot of your whole screen and copy it to the clipboard

Note: You can change this shortcut so it also opens  screen snipping, which lets you edit your screenshot. Select Start  > Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard, and turn on the toggle under Print Screen shortcut.
0
Win

Open or close Start

0
Win + A

Open Quick Settings

0
Win + N

Open Notification Center

1
Win + B

Set focus in the notification area

-1
Win + C

Open Cortana in listening mode

0
Win + W

Open Windows Widgets

0
Win + Z

Launch Snap Assist

Notes
This shortcut is turned off by default. To turn it on, select Start  > Settings  > Cortana, and turn on the toggle under Let Cortana listen for my commands when I press the Windows logo key + C.
Cortana is available only in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn't available or is turned off, you can still use search.
0
Win + ↑   Shift + C

Open the charms menu

1
Win + D

Display and hide the desktop

0
Win + Alt + D

Display and hide the date and time on the desktop

0
Win + E

Open File Explorer

0
Win + F

Open Feedback Hub and take a screenshot

0
Win + G

Open Game bar when a game is open

1
Win + H

Start dictation

3
Win + I

Open Settings

-1
Win + J

Set focus to a Windows tip when one is available

When a Windows tip appears, bring focus to the Tip.  Pressing the keyboard shortcuts again to bring focus to the element on the screen to which the Windows tip is anchored.
1
Win + K

Open the Connect quick action

0
Win + L

Lock your PC or switch accounts

0
Win + M

Minimize all windows

0
Win + O

Lock device orientation

0
Win + P

Choose a presentation display mode

0
Win + Ctrl + Q

Open Quick Assist

0
Win + R

Open the Run dialog box

0
Win + S

Open search

0
Win + ↑   Shift + S

Take a screenshot of part of  your screen

1
Win + T

Cycle through apps on the taskbar

0
Win + U

Open Ease of Access Center

0
Win + V

Open the clipboard

Note: To activate this shortcut, select Start  > Settings  > System  > Clipboard, and turn on the toggle under Clipboard history.
0
Win + ↑   Shift + V

Cycle through notifications

0
Win + X

Open the Quick Link menu

0
Win + Y

Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop

-1
Win + Z

Show the commands available in an app in full-screen mode

0
Win + .

Open emoji panel

0
or Win + ;
0
Win + ,

Temporarily peek at the desktop

0
Win + Pause

Display the System Properties dialog box

0
Win + Ctrl + F

Search for PCs (if you're on a network)

0
Win + ↑   Shift + M

Restore minimized windows on the desktop

0
Win + 1 - 9

Open the desktop and start the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app

0
Win + ↑   Shift + 1 - 9

Open the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

0
Win + Ctrl + 1 - 9

Open the desktop and switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

0
Win + Alt + 1 - 9

Open the desktop and open the Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number

0
Win + Ctrl + ↑   Shift + 1 - 9

Open the desktop and open a new instance of the app located at the given position on the taskbar as an administrator

0
Win + Tab

Open Task view

0
Win +

Maximize the window

0
Win +

Remove current app from screen or minimize the desktop window

0
Win +

Maximize the app or desktop window to the left side of the screen

0
Win +

Maximize the app or desktop window to the right side of the screen

0
Win + Home

Minimize all except the active desktop window (restores all windows on second stroke)

0
Win + ↑   Shift +

Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the screen

0
Win + ↑   Shift +

Restore/minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width

0
Win + ↑   Shift + ←  →

Move an app or window in the desktop from one monitor to another

0
Win + Space

Switch input language and keyboard layout

0
Win + Ctrl + Space

Change to a previously selected input

0
Win + Ctrl + ⤶ Enter

Turn on Narrator

1
Win + +

Open Magnifier

0
Win + /

Begin IME reconversion

0
Win + Ctrl + V

Open shoulder taps

-1
Win + Ctrl + ↑   Shift + B

Wake PC from blank or black screen

0
F4

Display the items in the active list

0
Ctrl + Tab

Move forward through tabs

0
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + Tab

Move back through tabs

0
Ctrl + 1 - 9

Move to nth tab

0
Tab

Move forward through options

0
↑   Shift + Tab

Move back through options

1
Alt + A - Z

(underlined letter) Perform the command (or select the option) that is used with that letter

1
Space

Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box

0
Backspace

Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box

0
← ↑ → ↓

Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons

0
Alt + D

Select the address bar

0
Ctrl + E

Select the search box

0
or Ctrl + F
0
Ctrl + N

Open a new window

0
Ctrl + W

Close the active window

0
Ctrl +

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

0
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + E

Display all folders above the selected folder

0
Ctrl + ↑   Shift + N

Create a new folder

1
Num Lock + Num *

Display all subfolders under the selected folder

0
Num Lock + Num +

Display the contents of the selected folder

0
Num Lock + Num -

Collapse the selected folder

0
Alt + P

Display the preview panel

0
Alt + ⤶ Enter

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

0
Alt +

View the next folder

0
Alt +

View the folder that the folder was in

0
Alt +

View the previous folder

0
or Backspace
0

Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder

0

Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in

0
End

Display the bottom of the active window

0
Home

Display the top of the active window

0
F11

Maximize or minimize the active window

1
Win + Tab

Open Task view

1
Win + Ctrl + D

Add a virtual desktop

1
Win + Ctrl +

Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right

1
Win + Ctrl +

Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left

0
Win + Ctrl + F4

Close the virtual desktop you're using

0
↑   Shift +

(click a taskbar button) Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app

4
Ctrl + ↑   Shift +

(click a taskbar button) Open an app as an administrator

0
↑   Shift +

(right click a taskbar button) Show the window menu for the app

0
↑   Shift +

(right-click a grouped taskbar button) Show the window menu for the group.

0
Ctrl +

(click a grouped taskbar button) Cycle through the windows of the group

0
Win + I

Open settings

-2
Backspace

Go back to the settings home page

Type on any page with search box: Search settings

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Program information

Program name: Windows 11 Windows 11 (General)

Windows 11 is a major release of Microsoft's desktop operating system. It mainly emphasizes the revamped user interface. Windows 11 is expected to be fully released in late 2021. The new OS will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 10 devices, though it has a few new hardware requirements such as TPM 2.0 (trusted platform module).

Web page: microsoft.com/windows/windows-...

Last update: 10/5/2021 9:58 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 65%

More information >>

Updated: Updated program information. (9 updates.) 7/1/2021 8:38:13 AM Added some shortcuts.
7/1/2021 8:42:14 AM Added some shortcuts.
7/1/2021 8:44:12 AM Added some shortcuts.
8/13/2021 2:53:32 PM Added some shortcuts.
10/5/2021 11:58:24 AM Updated program information.

Shortcut count: 160

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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