Windows 11 Shortcuts - The Most Useful Shortcuts

Windows 11 Shortcuts – The Most Useful Shortcuts

Be More Professional And Speed Up Your Work With The Help Of Keyboard Shortcuts In Microsoft’s Latest Operating System, Windows 11.

A mouse is a device that makes it easy to recognize and select and click on the screen and items; Therefore, learning to use it does not take long, even for people who are learning to work with computers for the first time.

On the other hand, for skilled users, the keyboard is a much more powerful tool whose uses go far beyond typing. Shortcuts are one of the factors that make things faster and use the keyboard professionally.

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys that provide an alternative way to do something usually done with the mouse and help users perform many actions without having to move the mouse and go through lengthy steps to perform some specific and frequently used actions.

Shortcuts are so helpful that the manufacturer defines them in every operating system and software. Still, many users are usually unaware of their existence or are only familiar with a limited number of them.

In Windows, many shortcuts are defined by default for various applications and functions. Many of us are familiar with some of their standard and well-known examples, such as copying and pasting. Still, there is a long list of other shortcuts that may not exist. In this article, we have provided a list of the most commonly used shortcuts.

Since many of the features and settings of Windows 11 are the same as Windows 10, many of these shortcuts work in older versions of Windows as well; however, several new shortcuts have been added to the latest version of Windows, including some unique keyboard shortcuts to get things done faster and improve overall productivity. Below is a comprehensive guide to valuable Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts.

Standard and frequently used Windows 11 shortcuts.

There are many shortcuts for actions that can be useful in different parts of Windows 11 or various programs. In this table, frequently used shortcuts such as copy and paste file shortcut and page refresh are mentioned, which may be helpful for most users.

shortcut key

Function

Ctrl + A Select all text or items in a document or page, or window.
Ctrl + D Delete the selected text or item.
Ctrl + X Cut the selected item or text.
Ctrl + C Copy the selected item or text.
Ctrl + V Paste the copied or cut content from the clipboard.
Ctrl + Z Undo the last action (rename, move file, etc.).
F2 Rename the selected file or folder.
F4 Show the address bar list in File Explorer.
Esc Stop or quit an ongoing task (usage varies by application).
F5 یا Ctrl + R Refresh the active window or page (works in various applications, including web browsers).
Ctrl + F5 In some web browsers, this shortcut refreshes the active window by forcing the browser to reload files, even if they are already in the cache. If changes have been made to a page, But if you can’t see them in your browser, refreshing the page can help you.
F6 Switch between active screen or desktop elements.
F10 Activate the menu bar in the active window or program.
Alt + F8 Show your password on the Windows logon screen.
Alt + (letter) Run the command or select an option to use with that letter.
Alt + Space Open the shortcut menu of the active window.
Shift + F10 Open the right-click menu of the selected item or where the cursor is located.
Left arrow (in menus) Move left in the menu or close an open submenu.
right hand (in menus) Scroll right in the menu or open a selected submenu.
Ctrl + F4 Close the open document or Tab in programs that allow you to open multiple documents or tabs simultaneously (such as web browsers).
Ctrl + E Open Search (some apps).
Ctrl + right arrow Move the text cursor to the beginning of the next word.
Ctrl + Left Arrow Move the text cursor to the beginning of the previous word.
Ctrl + Up Arrow Move the text cursor up one paragraph.
Ctrl + Down Arrow Move the text cursor down one paragraph.
Alt + Shift + (arrow key) When the focus is set to a pinned app in the Start menu, move the pinned app in the direction of the arrow.
Shift + (arrow key) In a document, using this shortcut, the text from where the cursor is located is selected, and the next character or line is chosen by repeating it.

  • Left arrow: Select the previous character. The right hand deselects the last selected text.
  • Right arrow: Select the next character. The left hand deselects the last selected text.
  • Up arrow: Select the previous line. The down arrow deselects the last selected line.
  • Down arrow: Select the following line. The up arrow deselects the last selected line.
Ctrl + Shift + (arrow key) In a document, using this shortcut, the text from where the cursor is located is selected, and the next word or paragraph is chosen by repeating it.

  • Left arrow: Select the previous word. The right hand deselects the last selected text.
  • Right arrow: Select the next word. The left hand deselects the last selected text.
  • Up arrow: Select the previous paragraph. The down arrow deselects the last selected section.
  • Down arrow: Select the next paragraph. The up arrow deselects the last selected section.

Windows 11 shortcuts to access features and programs

Snap Layout shortcut in Windows 11

You probably know that using the Windows key on the keyboard, you can open the Start menu, But did you know that you can use the Windows key combination with other types of keys to open specific Windows 11 programs and features? Next, we bring a table of essential tasks that can do with the Windows shortcut.

shortcut key

Function

Windows + A Open the Quick Settings panel to turn on or off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and other features.
Windows + C Open a chat in Microsoft Teams: This new feature in Windows 11 gives you a quick panel to view recent messages and contacts in Microsoft Teams. You can start meetings and calls directly from here.
Windows + D Show or hide the desktop: Show the desktop means that the active and open program windows are no longer visible, and the desktop screen is displayed directly.
Windows + E Open File Explorer.
Windows + F Instantly take a screenshot and open the Feedback Hub to more easily send feedback to Microsoft about the issue you encountered.
Windows + G Open the Xbox Game Bar to record screenshots while you play and access various features.
Windows + Alt + B Turn HDR on or off. It requires an HDR-compatible monitor and a new Xbox Game Bar app version.
Windows + Alt + R Start recording a video of the app or game using the Xbox Game Bar.
Windows + H Start voice typing.
Windows + I Open the Settings app.
Windows + Pause Open the About page in Settings to see information about your computer’s hardware and Windows.
Windows + K Open the Cast panel to connect to wireless displays that support Miracast.
Windows + L Lock your computer. It will keep all your apps open, But you must unlock the computer before using it again.
Windows + M Minimize all windows.
Windows + N Show the notification panel (notification center) and calendar
Windows + O Lock the direction of the device. On tablets, this prevents the screen from rotating when you rotate the device.
Windows + P Change display mode for multiple monitors. If you have multiple displays connected, you can choose to have only one screen active, repeat the show across all screens, or use screens to expand your display area.
Windows + Q Open Quick Assist to ask or assist another user by connecting remotely over the Internet.
Windows + R Open the Run program window.
Windows + S Open the Windows search bar.
Windows + Shift + S Take a screenshot using Snipping Tool. After pressing the key, you can still select your preferred shooting mode.
Windows + U Open the Accessibility settings page.
Windows + Ctrl + C Turn color filters on or off. This feature must first enable in the Accessibility settings.
Windows + V Open the clipboard to see your copy, including text, links, and images.
Windows + W Open the widgets panel. This new Windows 11 feature includes widgets for weather, OneDrive photos, and a calendar.
Windows + X Open the Quick Link menu (equivalent to right-clicking on the Start icon in the taskbar).
Windows + Y Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and desktop (only on Windows Mixed Reality devices).
Windows + Z Open the snap layouts panel. This feature, added in Windows 11, makes it easier to put multiple programs together on the screen.
Windows+. Or ; Open the emoji panel.
Windows +, View your desktop temporarily without minimizing windows.
Windows + Ctrl + F Search for PCs on your network. They are intended for Azure Active Directory domains.
Windows + Spacebar Switch between languages ​​and input methods.
Windows + Shift + Space Scroll back through the list of input methods or typing languages.
Windows + Ctrl + Space Go to the last typing language or input method used.
Ctrl + Shift Switch to a different keyboard layout if multiple keyboards are available for the same language.
Windows + Ctrl+ Enter Turn on the Narrator. This feature reads the accessibility of elements on the screen to make navigation easier for people with visual impairments.
Windows ++ (Plus) Turn on the magnifying glass and zoom in on the screen.
Windows + – (of which) Zoom out.
Windows + Esc Close the magnifying glass.
Windows + Ctrl + Shift + B Exit your computer from a blank or black screen (graphics card reset).
Windows + PrtScn Take a full-screen screenshot and automatically save it to a file. The file is held in the Pictures library in a folder called Screenshots.

(The Print Screen button may appear differently on different keyboards).

Windows + Alt+ PrtScn Take a screenshot of the game or active window and save it to a file. This feature uses the Xbox Game Bar; files are preserved in the Videos library and Captures folder.
PrtScn Copy a full-screen screenshot to the clipboard, so you can paste it elsewhere as a file without saving it. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard to set the PrtScn key to open the Snipping Tool; That is, make it work like Windows + Shift + S.
Ctrl + Esc Open the start menu.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager.

Keyboard shortcuts for multitasking and window management

Task view shortcut in Windows 11

If you have multiple programs open, keyboard shortcuts can be a more efficient way to manage them.

shortcut key

Function

Alt + F4 Close the active window or program. If used on the desktop, it will open the Power menu.
Windows + Tab Open Task View to see all your available programs and virtual desktops and select one.
Alt + Tab Go to your last active window. At the same time, holding Alt, press Tab several times to select the desired window.
Alt + Esc Switch between windows as they are opened.
Ctrl + Alt + Tab See all your open apps to select one with the keyboard arrows. It is similar to Task View, But it does not display your virtual desktop and is only visible on your currently active monitor.
Windows + Up Arrow Increase the size of the active window to occupy the entire desktop.
Windows + Alt + Up Arrow Snap the active window to the top half of your monitor. This shortcut is new in Windows 11.
Windows + Down arrow If the active window is at maximum size, set it to smaller. If the window is not maximized, hide it on the taskbar.
Windows + Alt + Down Arrow Snap the active window to the bottom half of the screen. The active window currently occupies the entire screen will shrink first. Press the keys again to close the window. If there is no active program yet, you can use this shortcut to select a program for the upper half of the screen.
Windows + Left Arrow Snap the active window to the left half of the screen.
Windows + Right arrow Snap the active window to the right half of the screen. If you hold down the Windows key after you snap the app to half the screen, you can use one of the other arrows to snap the app to a quarter of the screen. Also, you can press the same arrow repeatedly to move windows to different monitors.
Windows + Home Minimize the size of all windows except the active window. Press the shortcut again to restore minimized windows.
Windows + Shift + Up Arrow Drag the active window to occupy the entire vertical Space while maintaining the width. This shortcut does this with the down arrow on the photo.
Windows + Shift + Right or Left Arrow Move the active window to another monitor.
Windows + Ctrl + D Create a new virtual desktop
Windows + Ctrl + Left or Right Arrow Switch between virtual desktops left or right.
Windows + Ctrl + F4 Close the current virtual desktop. Opened applications are moved to the next virtual desktop in order.

Windows 11 shortcut keys for File Explorer

Windows 11 file explorer shortcuts

File Explorer is one of the essential features of Windows 11; it allows you to view and manage all your files. You can use several keyboard shortcuts to make your File Explorer experience easier and faster.

shortcut key

Function

Home Go to the top of the current page.
End Scroll to the bottom of the current page.
F11 Maximize or minimize the currently active window.
Ctrl + N Open a new window (it also works in some web browsers).
Ctrl + W Close the active window (it can also use to close the active Tab in web browsers).
Alt + D Select the address bar.
Ctrl + E یا Ctrl + F یا F3 Focus on the search bar.
Ctrl + mouse scroll Change the size of the folder and file icons. Scrolling up makes the icons more significant, and scrolling down makes them smaller.
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder.
Ctrl + Shift + E The folders in the current path are displayed in the Navigation Pane.
Num lock + * (star) Display all folders and all subfolders of the current path in the Navigation Pane.
Num Lock + + (plus) Display the contents of the selected folder.
Num lock + – (of which) Collapse the expanded folder.
Alt + Enter Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item and view its properties.
Alt + P Show the preview panel.
Alt + Left Arrow or Backspace View the previous folder or go back to one page (it also works in some apps like web browsers).
Alt + right arrow View the following folder or go forward one page. (it also works in some applications like web browsers)
Alt + Up Arrow Go to the root folder of the current path.
Ctrl + (arrow) Scroll through items on the current page without selecting them.
Ctrl + comma Select individual items while scrolling.
Shift + (arrow) Select consecutive items are starting with the currently selected item. In grid layouts, the up and down arrows select all rows of items. If you move in the opposite direction, the last selected item(s) will deselect.
Right arrow (in the navigation sidebar) Open a collapsed folder or navigate to the first subfolder of the expanded folder.
left arrow Collapse the expanded folder or select the root of the currently selected folder.

Keyboard shortcuts for dialog boxes

Dialogue boxes form another part of the Windows graphical interface, which can include menus, feature pages, etc. Depending on the complexity of the dialog boxes, you may be able to use several keyboard shortcuts to navigate them.

shortcut key

Function

F4 or Spacebar Display the items in the active list.
Arrow keys Select a button from a group of buttons or an option in a list.
Space Select or deselect an active item if it is a checkbox.
Backspace If a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box, go back to one folder level.
Ctrl + Tab Switch forward between different tabs (also works in web browsers).
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Switch back and forth between tabs.
Ctrl + number (number 1-9) Move to the desired Tab based on its number.
Tab Move through the options on the current page.
Shift + Tab Scroll back and forth between options on the current page.
Alt + letter Run command or select an option to use with that letter.

Windows 11 shortcuts for taskbar

Using the taskbar in Windows 11 can also be made easier with the help of keyboard shortcuts. Here are some key combinations that can help you select tasks related to the taskbar more quickly.

shortcut key

Function

Shift + click on the pinned program on the taskbar Quickly open an app or another instance of an app.
Ctrl + Shift + Click on the pinned app on the taskbar Open a program as admin.
Shift + right-click on a button on the taskbar Display the window management menu.
Shift + right-click on the grouped taskbar button. Show the window management menu for all open windows from that program.
Ctrl+click grouped taskbar button Switch between all open windows from that app.
Windows + T Switch between apps on the taskbar (open or pinned).
Windows + (number) Launch the program pinned to the taskbar at the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program (go to the specified number tab).
Windows + Shift + (number) Start a new program instance pinned to the taskbar at the position indicated by the number, Even if one is already open.
Windows + Ctrl + (number) Go to the last active window of the program that is pinned to the taskbar at the position indicated by the number.
Windows + Alt + (number) Open the jump list for the program pinned to the taskbar at the position indicated by the number.
Windows + Ctrl + Shift + (عدد) Open a new program instance in the taskbar’s specified position as admin.
Windows + B Set focus to the first icon in the corner of the taskbar. If no app shows a hero, the focus is set to the arrow indicating the icons of open apps in the background.

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This article mentioned most of the good Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts. All these shortcuts allow you to navigate certain parts of the operating system or different programs without the need to use the mouse so that you don’t lose focus while doing things and don’t slow down.

If you’re having trouble remembering these shortcuts, Microsoft’s PowerToys app has a tool called Shortcut Guide that lets you see shortcuts that work with the Windows key. Unfortunately, this tool does not display other shortcuts.

We hope this article was helpful for you. If you don’t find the shortcut you want in these tables or if you know other shortcuts in addition to the ones mentioned, introduce it to other users and us.