Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate List

Get stuff done faster using these keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11

by: - Last updated on: August 20th, 2021
Key Takeaways
  • With Windows 11, Microsoft added a bunch of new features like a new search bar, improved animations, better multitasking capabilities, and a few more.
  • Additionally, Microsoft has also added some cool new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11.
  • We have summarized a list of all Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts, old and new, to help you become a power user.

Back in June, Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its desktop operating system, Windows 11, to the public. While it’s still in beta testing, many users already have Windows 11 installed on their PCs. With Windows 11, Microsoft has added a number of new features, such as a new search bar, improved animations, better multitasking capabilities, and a few more.

Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

With each new version of Windows, the tech giant adds cool new keyboard shortcuts to improve the overall experience for power users. In Windows 11, too, there are many new keyboard shortcuts that you might find very useful, such as Widgets, Layouts, Action Center, and Quick Settings. Let’s take a detailed look at them.

1. New Shortcuts added in Windows 11

Microsoft has added some new features in Windows 11. For example, Snap Layouts. If you hover over the maximize button (the square in the upper right corner of each window next to the close cross sign), you’ll see several grids. You can use these grids to arrange your windows the way you want. And there’s a keyboard shortcut to access Snap Layouts.

Action Shortcut
Open Action Center Win + A
Open Notifications Panel (Notification Center) Win + N
Open Widgets Panel Win + W
Quick Access to Snap Layout Win + Z
Open Microsoft Teams Win + C

2. Windows 11 Text-Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

Text-Editing plays an important role for many people when editing documents, presentations, and much more. In the following table, you can find all the valuable shortcuts for quick test editing.

Action Shortcut
Cut the selected item Ctrl + X
Copy the selected item Ctrl + C
Paste the selected item Ctrl + V
Bolden selected text Ctrl + B
Italicize selected text Ctrl + I
Underline selected text Ctrl + U
Move the cursor to the start of the current line Home
Move the cursor to the end of the current line End

3. General Windows Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11

This table summarizes all common and frequently used Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts that will help you interact with the UI.

Action Shortcut
Switch between open apps. Alt  + Tab
Close the active item, or exit the active app. Alt + F4
Lock your PC. Win + L
Display and hide the desktop. Win + D
Perform the command for that letter. Alt + underlined letter
Display properties for the selected item. Alt + Enter
Open the shortcut menu for the active window. Alt + Spacebar
Go back. Alt + Left arrow
Go forward. Alt + Right arrow
Move up one screen. Alt + Page Up
Move down one screen. Alt + Page Down
Close the active document Ctrl + F4
Select all items in a document or window Ctrl + A
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin Ctrl + D
Refresh the active window Ctrl + R
Redo an action. Ctrl + Y
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next word. Ctrl + Right arrow
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word. Ctrl + Left arrow
Move the cursor to the beginning of the next paragraph Ctrl + Down arrow
Move the cursor to the beginning of the previous paragraph. Ctrl + Up arrow
Use the arrow keys to switch between all open apps Ctrl + Alt + Tab
When a group or tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it in the direction specified. Alt + Shift + arrow keys
When a tile is in focus on the Start menu, move it into another tile to create a folder. Ctrl + Shift + arrow keys
Resize the Start menu when it’s open. Ctrl + arrow keys
Select multiple individual items in a window or on the desktop Ctrl + arrow key+ spacebar
Select a block of text Ctrl + Shift with an arrow key
Open Start. Ctrl + Esc
Open Task Manager Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are available Ctrl + Shift
Turn the Chinese input method editor (IME) on or off. Ctrl + Spacebar
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. Shift + F10
Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first Shift + Delete
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu Right arrow
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu Left arrow
Stop or leave the current task Esc
Take a screenshot of your whole screen and copy it to the clipboard. PrtScn

4. Windows 11 Function Key Keyboard Shortcuts

Function keys add a significant amount of flexibility to our work. These keyboard shortcuts help you use a variety of function keys on your keyboard.

Action Shortcut
Rename the selected item. F2
Search for a file or folder in File Explorer. F3
Display the address bar list in File Explorer. F4
Refresh the active window. F5
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Activate the Menu bar in the active app F10
Maximize or minimize the active window F11

5. Windows 11 File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Many people’s daily work requires interaction with several working files, which increases the use of the file manager. The following table allows you to manage files using shortcuts quickly.

Action Shortcut
Select the address bar. Alt + D
Select the search box Ctrl + E
Open a new window Ctrl + N
Close the active window Ctrl + W
Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel
Display all folders above the selected folder Ctrl + Shift + E
Create a new folder Ctrl + Shift + N
Display all subfolders under the selected folder Num Lock + asterisk (*)
Display the contents of the selected folder Num Lock + plus (+)
Collapse the selected folder Num Lock + minus (-)
Display the preview panel Alt + P
Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item Alt + Enter
View the next folder Alt + Right arrow
View the folder that the folder was in Alt + Up arrow
View the previous folder Alt + Left arrow or Backspace
Display the current selection Right arrow
Collapse the current selection Left arrow
Display the bottom of the active window End
Display the top of the active window Home

6. Windows 11 taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts

These keyboard shortcuts will help you get the most out of your Windows 11 taskbar.

Action Shortcut
Open an app or quickly open another instance of an app. Shift + left click a app icon
Open an app as an administrator Ctrl + Shift + left click a app icon
Show the window menu for the app Shift + right-click a app icon
Cycle through apps in the taskbar Win + T
Open apps in taskbar based off their pinned number Win + Number key
Cycle through the windows of the group Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar button

7. Windows 11 settings Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts will help you navigate the Settings app in Windows 11 with ease.

Action Shortcut
Open settings Win + I
Go back to the settings home page Backspace
Search settings Type on any page with a search box

8. Windows 11 Virtual Desktops Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you have multiple virtual desktops? These shortcuts will help you switch between them quickly.

Action Shortcut
Open Task view Win + Tab
Add a virtual desktop
Win + Ctrl + D
Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right Win + Ctrl + Right arrow
Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left Win + Ctrl + Left arrow
Close the virtual desktop you’re using Win + Ctrl + F4

9. Windows 11 Dialog box Keyboard Shortcuts

Action Shortcut
Display the items in the active list F4
Move back through tabs Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Move back through tabs Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Move to nth tab Ctrl + number (number 1–9)
Move forward through options Tab
Perform the command (or select the option) that is used with that letter Alt + underlined letter
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box Spacebar
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box Backspace
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons Arrow keys

10. Windows 11 Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts

This list will allow you to work more efficiently in the command prompt.

Action Shortcut
Copy the selected text Ctrl + C
Paste the selected text Ctrl + V
Enter Mark mode. Ctrl + M
Begin selection in block mode Alt + selection key
Move the cursor in the direction specified Arrow keys
Move the cursor by one page up Page up
Move the cursor by one page down Page down
Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer Ctrl + Home
Move the cursor to the end of the buffer Ctrl + End
Move up one line in the output history Ctrl + Up arrow
Move down one line in the output history Ctrl + Down arrow

11. Windows 11 Game Bar Keyboard Shortcuts

Are you in a game and want to access game features? These shortcuts will help you without exiting the game.

Action Shortcut
Open Game Bar Win + G
Take a screenshot of the active game Win + Alt + PrtSc
Record the last 30 seconds of the active game Win + Alt + G
Start or stop recording active game Win + Alt + R
Show/ hide recording timer of active game Win + Alt + T

12. Windows 11 Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts

The following keyboard shortcuts help access various accessibility features in Windows 11.

Action Shortcut
Turn on Magnifier and Zoom Win + plus (+)
 Zoom out using Magnifier Win + minus (-)
Open “Ease of Access” Centre in Windows Settings Win + U
Exit Magnifier Win + Esc
Switch to the docked mode in Magnifier Alt + Ctrl + D
Switch to full-screen mode in Magnifier Alt + Ctrl + F
Turn Sticky Keys on or off Press Shift five times
Switch to lens mode in Magnifier Alt + Ctrl + L
Invert colors in Magnifier Alt + Ctrl + I
Cycle through views in Magnifier Alt + Ctrl + M
Resize the lens with the mouse in Magnifier Alt + Ctrl + R
Pan in Magnifier Alt + Ctrl + Arrow keys
Zoom in or out Ctrl + Alt + mouse scroll
Open Narrator Win + Enter
Turn Toggle Keys on or off Press Num Lock for five seconds
Open on-screen keyboard with this shortcut in Windows 11 Win + Ctrl + O
Turn Filter Keys on and off Hold down Right Shift for eight seconds
Turn High Contrast on or off Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtSc
Turn Mouse Keys on or off Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock

13. Windows 11 Browser Shortcuts

These shortcuts will make using browsers ever so easy. That said, all listed shortcuts will work fine on most browsers like Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and more.

Action Shortcut
Find on page Ctrl + F
Select the URL in the address bar to edit Alt + D
Open “Ease of Access” Centre in Windows Settings Win + U
Open History Ctrl + H
Open Downloads in a new tab Ctrl + J
Open a new window Ctrl + N
Print the current page Ctrl + P
Reload the current page Ctrl + R
Open a new tab and switch to it Ctrl + T

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I create custom application shortcuts in Windows 11?

Yes, you can indeed create a custom application shortcut in Windows 11. Just create a shortcut of the app and then right-click. Under properties, you will see an option for the shortcut key. Click on it and press the key combination you want to set for that application.

2. What is the shortcut key for opening task manager quickly?

You can open the task manager quickly by pressing Crl + Alt + Delete key together. That hasn’t changed in Windows 11. Thankfully!

3.  Are the shortcuts the same across all devices?

Yes, absolutely. All the listed shortcuts will work across all Windows 11 devices.

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