List of Common keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11

To save some time, most desktop operating systems offer Keyboard shortcuts that not only reduce your efforts to find some system settings or apps but save your mouse clicks as well. Here in this article, we have gathered a list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11 or 10 that definitely help you to become a pro user.

General

Ctrl+XCut the selected item
Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+INSERT)Copy selected item
Ctrl+V (or Shift+INSERT)Insert selected item
Ctrl+ZUndo action
Alt+TabSwitch between open apps
Alt+F4Close an active item or quit an active app
Windows logo key +LLock YOUR PC
Windows logo key +DShow and hide desktop
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4View the address bar list in File Explorer
F5Update active window
F6Toggle between screen elements in a window or on the desktop
F10Enable the menu bar in the active app
Alt+F8Display your password on the login screen
Alt+ESCToggle between items in the order in which they were opened
Alt+underlined letterRun command on this letter
Alt+EnterView properties for the selected item
ALT+SPACEBAROpen the context menu for the active window
ALT+LEFT ARROWBack
ALT+RIGHT ARROWFarther
ALT+PAGE UPMove up a screen
ALT+PAGE DOWNMove down a screen
Ctrl+F4Close active document (in full-screen apps where multiple documents can be open at the same time)
Ctrl+ASelect all items in a document or window
Ctrl+D (or DELETE)Delete a selected item and move it to the Trash
Ctrl+R (or F5)Update active window
Ctrl+YRepeat 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+TabToggle between all open apps using the arrow keys
Shift+Alt+Arrow keysMove a group of tiles highlighted on the Start menu in the specified direction
Ctrl+Shift+Arrow KeysIf a tile has focused on the Start menu, move it to another tile to create a folder
Ctrl+Arrow KeysScale the size of the open Start menu
Ctrl+Arrow (to move to an item)+SpacebarSelect multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop
Ctrl+Shift with an arrow keySelect text block
Ctrl+ESCOpen the Start menu
Ctrl+Shift+ESCOpen Task Manager
Ctrl+ShiftChange keyboard layout (if multiple keyboard layouts are available)
Ctrl+SpacebarEnable or disable the Chinese Input Method Editor
SHIFT+F10Display context menus for the selected item
SHIFT with an arrow keySelect multiple items in a window or desktop, or select text in a document
SHIFT+DELDelete the selected item without first moving it to the Trash
RIGHT ARROW KEYOpen the next menu to the right of the current menu or submenu
LEFT ARROW KEYOpen the next menu to the left of the current menu or close the submenu
ESCPause or stop the current task

Windows logo key

Windows logo key Open or close the Start menu
Windows logo key +AOpen Action Center
Windows Logo button +BSet focus to the notification area
Windows logo key +COpen Microsoft Teams
Windows logo key +Shift+COpen the Charms menu
Windows logo key +DShow and hide desktop
Windows logo key +Alt+DShow and hide the date and time on the desktop
Windows logo key +EOpen File Explorer
Windows logo key +FOpen the feedback hub and take a screenshot
Windows logo key +GOpen the game bar with the game open
Windows logo key +HStart dictation
Windows logo key +IOpen Settings

Windows logo key +J

Focus on a Windows tip, if available.

If a Windows tip appears, focus on the tip. Pressing the keyboard shortcut again puts the focus on the screen element to which the Windows tip is associated.

Windows logo key +KOpen quick connect action
Windows logo key +LLock your PC or change your account
Windows logo key +MMinimize all windows
Windows logo key +OLock device alignment
Windows logo key +PSelect a display mode for presentation
Windows logo key +ROpen the Run dialog box
Windows logo key +SOpen Search
Windows logo key +TToggle between apps on the taskbar
Windows logo key +UOpen ease of access center
Windows logo key +VSwitch between notifications
Windows logo key +SHIFT+VSwitch between notifications in reverse order
Windows logo key +XOpen the Direct Link menu
Windows logo key +YSwitch input between Windows Mixed Reality and Desktop
Windows logo key +ZView an app’s available commands in full-screen mode
Windows logo key + period (.) or semicolon (;)Open emoji section
Windows logo key + comma (,)Temporarily preview the desktop
Windows logo key + PAUSE keyDisplay the System Properties dialog box
Windows logo key +Ctrl+FSearch for PCs on a network
Windows logo key +Shift+MRestore minimized windows to the desktop
Windows logo key + numberOpen the desktop and launch the app pinned to the taskbar at the location specified by the number. If the app is already running, switch to that app.
Windows logo key+SHIFT+numberOpen the desktop and start a new instance of the app pinned to the taskbar at the location indicated by the number.
Windows logo key+CTRL+numberOpen the desktop and go to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar at the location indicated by the number.
Windows logo key +Alt+NumberOpen desktop and open Jump List for the app pinned to the taskbar at the location specified by the number.
Windows logo key +Ctrl+Shift+NumberAs an administrator, open the desktop and a new instance of the app located in the specified location on the taskbar
Windows logo key +TabOpen active applications
Windows logo key +Up ArrowMaximize Windows
Windows logo key +Down ArrowRemove the current app from the screen or minimize desktop windows
Windows logo key + Left ArrowMaximize the app or desktop window on the left side of the screen
Windows logo key + Right ArrowMaximize the app or desktop window on the right side of the screen
Windows logo key +POS1Minimize all windows except the active desktop window (the second keystroke restores all windows)
Windows logo key +Shift+Up ArrowEnlarge desktop windows to the top and bottom of the screen
Windows logo key +Shift+Down ArrowRestore/minimize active desktop window vertically with unchanged width
Windows logo key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right ArrowMove the app or window on the desktop from one monitor to another
Windows logo key + SPACEBARChange input language and keyboard layout
Windows logo key +Ctrl+SpacebarSwitch to a previously selected input
Windows logo key +Ctrl+EnterOpen Narrator
Windows logo key + slash (/)Start IME reconversion
Windows logo key +Ctrl+VOpen shoulder pat

Prompt

Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+INSERT)Copy selected text
Ctrl+V (or Shift+INSERT)Insert selected text
Ctrl+MSwitch to markup mode
Alt+Select buttonStart selection in block mode
Arrow keysMove the cursor in the specified direction
PAGE UPMove the cursor up one page
PAGE DOWNMove the cursor down one page
Ctrl+POS1 (selection mode)Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer
Ctrl+End (Selection Mode)Move the cursor to the end of the buffer
Ctrl+Up ArrowMove up one line in the output history
Ctrl+Down ArrowMove down one line in the output history
Ctrl+POS1 (History Navigation)If the command line is empty, move the display area to the beginning of the buffer. Otherwise, delete all characters that are on the command line to the left of the cursor.
Ctrl+End (History Navigation)If the command line is empty, move the display area to the command line. Otherwise, delete all characters that are on the command line to the right of the cursor.

Dialog box

F4Show items in the active list
Ctrl+TabNavigate forward through tabs
Ctrl+Shift+TabNavigate backward through tabs
CTRL+Number (Number 1-9)Go to the latest tab
Tab keyNavigate forward through options
SHIFT+TABNavigate backward through options
Alt+underlined letterRun command (or select option) to which the letter belongs
SPACEBARSelect or clear check boxes if the active option is a check box
BACKSPACE KEYOpen folders at the next level when a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box
Arrow keysSelect a button if the active option is a group of radio buttons

File Explorer

Alt+DSelect address bar
Ctrl+ESelect search box
Ctrl+FSelect search box
Ctrl+NOpen a new window
Ctrl+WClose active window
Ctrl+Mouse 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 key+asterisk (*)Show all subfolders below the selected folder
NUM+PLUS (+)View the contents of the selected folder
NUM+MINUS (-)Collapse selected folders
Alt+PShow preview window
Alt+EnterOpen the Properties dialog box for the selected item
ALT+RIGHT ARROWShow next folder
ALT+UP ARROWView the folder where the folder was located
ALT+LEFT ARROWShow the previous folder
BACKSPACE KEYShow the previous folder
RIGHT ARROW KEYShow current selection (if collapsed) or select the first subfolder
LEFT ARROW KEYCollapse the current selection (if expanded) or select the folder in which the folder was located
ENDShow the bottom of the active window
HOMEShow top of the active window
Q11Maximize or minimize the active window

Virtual Desktops

Windows logo key +TabOpen active applications
Windows logo key +Ctrl+DAdd a virtual desktop
Windows logo key+Ctrl+Right ArrowSwitch between virtual desktops created on the right
Windows logo key +Ctrl+Left ArrowSwitch between virtual desktops created on the left
Windows logo key +Ctrl+F4Close the virtual desktop in use

Taskbar

SHIFT+click taskbar buttonOpen an app or quickly open another instance of an app
Ctrl+Shift+Click Taskbar ButtonOpen the app as an administrator
SHIFT+right-click taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the app
SHIFT+right-click grouped taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the group
Ctrl+click grouped taskbar buttonSwitch between the group’s windows

Settings

Windows logo key +IOpen Settings
BACKSPACE KEYReturn to the Settings home screen
Enter text on any page with a search boxSearch settings

These were some popular keyboard shortcuts to use on Windows 11 or 10 to become more advanced users and save time.

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