Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft’s Windows 11 is coming soon, and it is constantly in the buzz even after 45 days of its launch. If you cannot wait for its official release to try, you can install the Windows 11 Insider Preview by joining Microsoft’s Insider Program. However, before that, you must check whether your PC is compatible with the minimum system requirements of Windows 11.

If you have installed Windows 11 Insider Preview, you might notice several differences in it compared to Windows 10. However, when it comes to keyboard shortcuts or Windows Hotkeys, many of them are precisely the same as in earlier Windows OS. Almost every Windows 10 keyboard shortcut works perfectly on Windows 11 too. Although, when you work on Windows 11 for a while, you will find some new hotkeys exclusively for it.

In this post, we will list out all the Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts for making you work faster and efficiently on the new OS.

Windows 11 Exclusive Keyboard Shortcuts

Since Windows 11 comes with some new features, you will find a few new hotkeys added exclusively for Windows 11 that you won’t find in any of the earlier Windows OS. Here is the list of the Windows 11 exclusive hotkeys with their action.

SHORTCUTACTION
Win + WLaunch Widgets Panel
Win + AOpen Quick Settings
Win + NAccess Notification Panel
Win + ZQuickly access Snap Layout
Win + COpen Team Chat App
  Windows 11 Tips and Tricks

Launch Windows 11 Widgets Panel: Win + W

Windows 11 comes with the Widget Panel that lets you access the weather, news, calendar, etc., and add the widgets you prefer on it. While you can directly launch the Widgets Panel using its dedicated button on the Windows 11 taskbar, the Win + W key combination would let you use it without any help from a mouse or touchpad.

Open Windows 11 Quick Settings: Win + A

On Windows 11, you will find a Quick Settings panel with the Action center. You can access the Windows 11 Quick Settings section using Win + A keys combination. Although Win + A also works on Windows 10, its function is to launch Action Center and Notification panel. However, on Windows 11, the Notification center is separated, and there is a different hotkey for it.

Access Notification Panel: Win + N

Windows 11 comes with the Notification Panel at a new position. To access it, there is a new dedicated keyboard shortcut, Win+N. The Notification center shows you all the app notifications and unread messages.

Quickly access Snap Layout: Win + Z

Snap Layout is an excellent feature that was first introduced in Windows 10. This feature lets you multitask easier by helping you arrange the multiple app windows on the desktop screen. On Windows 11, Microsoft has made it easier to access Snap Flyout directly from the maximize button of the app window. However, you can do that using the hotkey Win + Z if you don’t want to use a mouse or touchpad.

Open Team Chat App: Win + C

On Windows 11, the Win + C keys combination is used for launching the Team Chat app. The same hotkey also works on Windows 10 to launch the Cortana app.


Windows 11 General Keyboard Shortcuts

Here is the list of most frequently used keyboard shortcuts on Windows 11.

SHORTCUTACTION
Ctrl + CTo Copy the selected text, image, or other items
Ctrl + VTo Paste the copied text, image, or other items
Ctrl + XTo move/cut the selected text, image, or other items
Ctrl + ZTo perform the undo action
Alt + TabToggle between running apps
Windows Icon+ LTo lock your system
Windows Icon+ DTo display or hide the desktop
Alt + F4Close the current window of any application or folder
F2To rename the currently selected item
F3Perform a search in the File Explorer for a file or folder
F4Display the address bar list in File Explorer.
F5Perform a refresh in the active window
F10Activate the menu bar
Alt + F8Display your password on the sign-in screen
Alt + EnterFull-screen mode
Ctrl + F4Close the active document
Ctrl + ASelect all items in a folder or whole text in a document
Ctrl + DTo delete the selected item and transfer it into recycle bin
Ctrl + RTo refresh the currently active window
Ctrl + YTo redo an action
Ctrl + Right arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the next word
Ctrl + Left arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the previous word
Ctrl + Down arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the next paragraph.
Ctrl + Up arrowMove the cursor to the starting of the previous paragraph.
Ctrl + ESCOpen the Start Menu
Ctrl + Shift + ESCOpen the task manager
Shift + any arrow keySelect more than one item in a folder or on the desktop, or select text in a document.
Shift + DeletePermanently delete an item
Windows icon + PrtScnTake a screenshot of the whole screen

Windows 11 File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 11 File Explorer comes with its own set of shortcuts for quicker navigation. Here is its list.

SHORTCUTACTION
Alt + DSelect the address bar (also works in browser)
Ctrl + ESelect the search box
Ctrl + FSelect the search bar
Ctrl + NOpen a duplicate window of the currently active window
Ctrl + WClose the current folder or explorer window
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelResize Folders or files icon
Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders above the current folder on the left panel
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Num Lock + *Show the subfolders under the selected folder in the left panel
Alt + PDisplay the preview panel.
Alt + EnterOpen Properties of the selected folder, image, or document
EndReach to the bottom of the current window
HomeReach to the top of the current window
F11Enter fullscreen mode

Windows 11 Command Prompt Keyboard Shortcuts

SHORTCUTACTION
Ctrl + V or Shift + InsertPaste the selected text
Ctrl + C or Ctrl + InsertCopies the selected text to the clipboard
Ctrl + ASelect all text in the current line if the line contains the text. If it’s an empty line, select all text in the Command Prompt
Shift + Left / Right / Up / DownMoves the cursor left a character, right a character, up a line, or down a line, selecting the text along the way. Continue pressing arrow keys to select more text
Ctrl + Shift + Left / RightMoves the cursor one word to the left or right, selecting that word along the way
Shift + Home / EndMoves the cursor to the beginning or end of the current line, selecting text along the way
Shift + Page Up / Page DownMoves the cursor up or down a screen, selecting the text
Ctrl + Shift + Home / EndMoves the cursor to the beginning or end of the “screen buffer,” selecting all text between the cursor and the beginning or end of the Command Prompt’s output.

Windows 11 Taskbar Keyboard Shortcuts

SHORTCUTACTION
Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app or quickly open another instance of an app
Shift + right-click a taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the app
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator
Shift + right-click a grouped taskbar buttonShow the window menu for the group
Ctrl + Shift + click a taskbar buttonOpen an app as an administrator
Ctrl + click a grouped taskbar buttonCycle through the windows of the group

Windows 11 Virtual Desktops Keyboard Shortcuts

SHORTCUTACTION
Windows Key + Ctrl + DSnap current window to the left side of the screen.
Windows Key + RightSnap the current window on the right side of the screen.
Windows Key + UpSnap the current window to the top of the screen.
Windows Key + DownSnap current window to the bottom of the screen
Windows Key + TabOpen Task view

Windows 11 Dialog Box Shortcuts

ACTIONSHORTCUTS KEYS
Ctrl + TabMove forward through tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + TabMove back through tabs.
Ctrl + N (number 1–9)Switch to the nth tab.
F4Show the items in the active list.
TabMove forward through options of the dialog box
Shift + TabMove back through options of the dialog box
Alt + underlined letterExecute the command (or select the option) that is used with the underlined letter.
SpacebarCheck or Uncheck the check box if the active option is a check box.
Arrow keysSelect or move to a button in a group of active buttons.
BackspaceOpen the parent folder if a folder is selected in the Open or Save As dialog box.

Miscellaneous Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcut

SHORTCUTS KEYSACTION
Win + GOpen Game bar 
Win + Alt + GRecord the last 30 seconds of the active game
Win + Alt + RStart or stop recording the active game
Win + Alt + PrtScTake a screenshot of the active game
Win + Alt + TShow/hide recording timer of the game
Win + forward-slash (/)Start IME reconversion
Win + FOpen Feedback Hub
Win + HLaunch Voice Typing
Win + KOpen the Connect quick setting
Win + OLock your device orientation
Win + PauseDisplay the System Properties Page
Win + Ctrl + FSearch for PCs (if you’re on a network)
Win + Shift + Left or Right arrow keyMove an app or window from one monitor to another
Win + SpacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Win + VOpen Clipboard History
Win + YSwitch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop.
Win + CLaunch Cortana app
Win + Shift + Number key (0-9)Open another instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
Win + Ctrl + Number key (0-9)Switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
Win + Alt + Number key (0-9)Open Jump List of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.
Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number key (0-9)Open another instance as an administrator of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.

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