Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – the full list of hotkeys

This post will show you Windows 11 keyboard shortcut list, including the new Windows 11 hotkeys along with the full list of keyboard shortcuts available in the newest OS. Among the family of operating systems, Windows 8 was the first system in which specially adapted to touch screens. At the same time, it included new combinations of hotkeys, sharpened for working with touch screens. However, previously unused or reassigned keyboard shortcuts appear in almost all new versions of Windows. They also appeared in Windows 11, although at the moment there are only four of them.

Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts - New Windows 11 hotkeys

New Windows 11 hotkeys

⊞ Win + A

In Windows 10, this combination opened the notification panel. In the eleventh version, pressing the ⊞ Win and A keys at the same time will bring up the quick settings panel with the tiles “Night light”, “Focus attention”, “Wi-Fi connection” and so on, as well as with an adjustment slider for brightness. By the way, Windows 8 and 8.1 do not have this hotkey combination.

⊞ Win + N

A new keyboard shortcut that is not used either in Windows 8.1 or in Windows 10. In the eleventh version of the operating system, the developers have assigned it to the Action Center, combined with the calendar.

⊞ Win + W

The keyboard shortcut ⊞ Win + W  was used brings up the search bar in the “Options” category in Windows 8. In Windows 10 it opens the “Windows Ink Workspace” tool for drawing on tablets or laptops with a touch screen. But in Windows 11, it has a different purpose. When you press this combination in Windows 11, a widget panel will open in the left area of the screen – tiles with rates of leading stock indices, weather reports and current news.

⊞ Win + Z

Another new, previously unknown and unused keyboard shortcut. In Windows 11, it is assigned to the Snap Layouts panel – the layout of windows on the screen. Like all arrow button combinations with the Win button, the ⊞ Win + Z combination is global, but it only works for the active open window.

So far, this is all that has been discovered. But since Windows 11 is under active development, we assume that other, interesting and useful keyboard shortcuts will appear in the OS soon.

Now, let’s review the full list of keyboard shortcuts available in Windows 11.

Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts 1

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts – the full list

Shortcut Actions
Ctrl + ⇧ Shift  +  and click app icon Launches the application as administrator from the taskbar
⊞ Win + Home Minimize or restore all windows except the currently active window
Ctrl + C Copy the selected items or text
Ctrl + Z Undo the recent action(s)
⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + Stretch or place the active window to the top of the screen
⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + Stretch or place the active window to the top of the screen
Alt + F4 Closes the active app or window; or, If you are on Desktop, opens the classic Shut down windows dialog box.
Esc Exits or cancels the current task
⊞ Win + 1 Opens the app in the first position on your taskbar
Ctrl + A Selects all text contents in the document or dialog
Alt + F8 Displays the entered password on the login screen
Ctrl + ⇧ Shift Switch the keyboard layout and input language
Alt + Spacebar Opens up the window actions menu for the current window
⊞ Win Opens the Windows 11 Start menu
Ctrl + P Sends the current page to the printer
Ctrl + X Cuts the files or text you have selected
Ctrl + O Opens a file in the active program if it supports opening files
Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + S Save As function- lets the user save a copy of the current document at a new location or with a different name
Alt + Tab ⇆ Switch between the open apps
⊞ Win + Moves the current window to the left side of the screen
⊞ Win + M Minimizes all open windows, but doesn’t move the focus to the desktop, unlike ⊞ Win +D
Ctrl + S Saves the current document
Alt + ↵ Enter Brings up properties for a selected file or folder
Shift + Delete Deletes the item permanently
⊞ Win + Alt + D Views Date and Time along with calendar
Alt + Goes to the previous screen; if you are on the web, goes to the previous web page or site you had opened in the current tab
⊞ Win + X Opens the Start button’s context menu.
PrtScn or Print Captures a full-screen screenshot and keeps it in the clipboard
⊞ Win + I Opens the Windows 11 Settings app
⊞ Win + L Locks the computer and displays the Lock screen
F10 Activates the menu bar of the current window or app, where available.
Ctrl + Arrow keys + Spacebar Choose multiple items in File Explorer
⇧ Shift + Arrow keys Select multiple items or to select text
Ctrl + Delete or Delete Deletes the selected items and moves them to the Recycle Bin
F11 Enter or exit the full-screen mode
Alt + F10 Opens the context menu(right-click menu) for a selected item
⊞ Win + Tab ⇆ Opens Task View to view all open tasks, windows, and virtual desktop
Ctrl + N Creates a new document
⊞ Win + Places the current window to the right side of your screen
⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + S Allows users to capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch
Alt + Esc Switch between the apps on the taskbar
⊞ Win + R opens the Run window
Ctrl + V Pastes the items you have copied or cut
⊞ Win + . (period) or ⊞ Win + ; (semicolon) Opens the Emoji keyboard
⊞ Win + D Minimizes all windows and puts the selection to the desktop
Alt + Goes to the next screen; if you are on the web, goes to the next web page in the browsing history
Alt + Page Up Move up to the parent folder in Explorer
Alt + ⊞ Win + number keys Open the application’s menu (jump list) on the taskbar
Ctrl + Y Redo the action you have undone with Ctrl+Z
F5 Refreshes the active screen
Alt + Page Down Move down one screen (Use this to go down faster)
Alt while dragging icon or file Create a shortcut
⊞ Win + S or ⊞ Win + Q Opens the Windows Search
← Backspace Opens up the parent folder in Open/Save dialogs
Tab ⇆ Move through buttons and options in a window
F4 Expands the combo-box (drop-down list). In File Explorer, expands down the address bar.
⊞ Win + ⇧ Shift + or arrow keys Moves an application or a program window from one monitor to another if multiple displays are connected
⊞ Win + Alt + PrtScr Takes a screen shot of the active window
⊞ Win + Alt + G Records up to 30 seconds of the currently active game
Spacebar Checks or unchecks the current check box, or selects an item in the list.
⊞ Win + Alt + R Starts or stops recording the active game or app.
⊞ Win + Y Swaps the input control between the Windows desktop and Mixed Reality.
⊞ Win + G Opens the Xbox Game bar
⊞ Win + C Launches the Cortana feature
⇧ Shift + Tab ⇆ Goes back through buttons and options in a window
⊞ Win + K Opens the ” Connect to ” setting
⊞ Win + / Launches the IME re-conversion
⊞ Win + O Locks the screen orientation on tablets
⊞ Win + H Launches the voice dictation features.
⊞ Win + Spacebar Switches between the input languages and keyboard layouts
⊞ Win + Pause Displays the About System page in the Settings app
Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + Tab ⇆ Go back through tabs if there is a tab control.
⊞ Win + F Opens the Feedback Hub to provide feedback (for Insiders)
Arrow keys like Go to the next item, file or control in a window.
⊞ Win + V Opens the Clipboard History window
Ctrl + Tab ⇆ Goes forward through tabs if there is a tab control.
Ctrl + numbers (19 ) Goes directly to the tab # if there is a tab control.
⊞ Win + Alt + T Shows or hides recording timer of the game for the game recorder.

Also, there are virtual desktop shortcuts you may find useful to manage your desktop shortcuts faster.

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts for Virtual Desktops

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts for Virtual Desktops

Shortcut Actions
⊞ Win + Ctrl + D Add a new virtual desktop
⊞ Win + Ctrl + Switch between to the virtual desktops you’ve created towards the right
⊞ Win + Ctrl + F4 Closes the current (active) virtual desktop
⊞ Win + Ctrl + Switch or toggle between the virtual desktops you’ve created towards the left

Also, here are useful keys you may like to use in File Explorer. Here are the Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts for File Explorer.

File Explorer hotkeys

Shortcut Actions
Ctrl + M Turns on the check mark mode
End Move to the bottom of the file list
Alt + Goes to the next folder in the browsing history
Alt + ↵ Enter Opens the Properties dialog for the selected file or folder
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Changes the folder view, e.g. large icons, small icons, list, table.
Home Goes to the top of the file list
Num Lock + Minus (-) Collapse the selected drive or folder
Alt + Goes up to the parent folder
⊞ Win + E Opens a new File Explorer window
Ctrl + W Closes the active Explorer window
Ctrl + Shift + E Expands all the sub-folders available in the navigation pane
Alt + P Displays the preview panel
F4 Activates the address bar
Alt + Goes to the previous folder in the navigation history
Num Lock + plus (+) Expands the selected drive or folder
F6 Switch between the left and right pane
Ctrl + E Activates the search box in File Explorer
Ctrl + ⇧ Shift  + 1-8 Changes the folder view
Alt + D Activates the address bar in File Explorer
Ctrl + N Opens up a new window of File Explorer

If you are using the classic Command Prompt, you will find the following Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts for cmd.exe useful.

Command Prompt keyboard shortcuts

Shortcut Actions
Ctrl + Scrolls the output down per one line
Ctrl + Scrolls the output up per one line
⇧ Shift + Select the text by one line down
Shift + Home Moves the cursor to the beginning of the current line
Ctrl + A Selects everything in the current window
or arrow keys Cycles through commands executed in the current session
or arrow keys Move cursor left or right in the input line
Ctrl + Home Scrolls the output to the topmost line
⇧ Shift + End Selects the current line from the cursor position to the beginning of the line
⇧ Shift + Selects the current line from the cursor position to the end of the line
Ctrl + End Scrolls the output to the last line

Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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