Your guide to Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

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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 modeCtrl + F Opens the Find dialog boxEscDeletes 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.

CommandFunctionWin + EOpens File ExplorerCtrl + NOpens another File Explorer window while you’re in File ExplorerCtrl + EGoes to the Quick access search barCtrl + WCloses File ExplorerCtrl + Mouse scrollChanges how files and folders can be viewedF4Goes to the File Explorer address barF5Refreshes the current File Explorer windowF6Toggles between the left and right paneCtrl + Shift + NCreates a new folderAlt + PShows/Hides the preview panelAlt + EnterShows the Properties window of the selected itemAlt + Left or Right arrow keysToggles between the next and previous foldersAlt + Up arrow keyGoes to the parent folder or directoryNum Lock + Plus (+) keyExpands the selected folderNum 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.