Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts: The (COMPLETE) List

Windows 11 is the latest addition to the Windows family and comes with a bunch of new visual and functional changes. As is the case with every Windows version, Windows 11 too, comes with tons of keyboard shortcuts to make things easier for you.

In this article, you will find the list of best and top Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts to use to increase your productivity and for better time management as well. While most of them are available on all Windows versions, some of them are exclusive to Windows 11 only.

Make sure to go through the entire list so that you can use them when necessary and save a lot of time.

Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

Best Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts to use in 2021

A lot of keyboards shortcuts mentioned below won’t work if the Windows Key is disabled, so make sure to enable the same for certain shortcuts to work in Windows 11.

Windows 11 Exclusive Keyboard Shortcuts

There are certain keyboard shortcuts on Windows to access the new feature like to open action center, open notification panel, etc. At first, let’s take a look at them.

Win Key + AOpen Action Center
Win Key + NOpen Notifications Panel
Win Key + WOpen Widgets Panel
Win Key + ZSnap Layout

Taskbar Shortcuts

Windows 11 Taskbar Keybaord Shortcuts
Windows 11 Taskbar Keybaord Shortcuts

At first, let’s take a look at all taskbar-related shortcuts. This includes shortcuts to open task manager in Windows 11, etc.

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Win + Ctrl + Number key (0-9)Switch to the last active window of a pinned app
Win + Shift + Number Keys (0-9)Open another window of the same app
Alt + Windows key + Number Key (0-9)Open Jump List
Ctrl + Shift + Left-click on app iconOpen the app as an administrator
Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number key (0-9)Open a second window of the same app as the administrator
Win + Number keyOpen apps from their pinned taskbar icons in numbered position-wise
Win + TSwitch apps in the taskbar
Win + Alt + DView Date and Time
Win + BHighlight the Overflow key
Shift + Right-click grouped app iconShow the window menu for the group apps

If the Taskbar is not working for some reason, here are some fixes to fix the same.

Desktop/Virtual Desktop Shortcuts

Here, you will find the list of all Desktop and Virtual Desktop-related keyboards shortcuts to make things easier for you in Windows 11.

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Win keyOpen Start Menu
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch the keyboard layout
Win + Shift + Up arrow keyStretch the active window to the top and bottom of the screen
Win + Shift + down arrow keyRestore or minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
Win + TabOpen Desktop view
Win + Ctrl + DAdd a new virtual desktop
Win + Ctrl + F4Close the active virtual desktop
Win + Ctrl + Right ArrowSwitch to the virtual desktops on the right
Win + Ctrl + Left ArrowSwitch to the virtual desktops on the left
Ctrl + ShiftCreate a shortcut (while dragging file or folder icon)
Win + Comma (,)Windows Peek (Take a peek at the desktop)
Win + Ctrl + Shift + BKeyboard shortcut to restart graphics driver
Alt + TabView all open apps
Ctrl + Arrow keys + SpacebarSelect more than one item on the desktop
Win + MMinimize all open windows
Win + Shift + MMaximize all minimized windows
Win + HomeMinimize or maximize all but the active window
Win + Left Arrow KeySnap the current app or window to the Left
Win + Right Arrow KeySnap the current app or window to the Right

General Purpose Shorcuts

These are the general-purpose keyboard shortcuts that are standard across the Windows platform. This includes all the basic keyboards shortcuts that you should be aware of. Using these shortcuts will definitely make your workflow simple and easy.

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Alt + F4Close active window. Also to bring up the power options dialog box when you are on the desktop or no active windows open
Win + LLock your computer
Win + DMinimizes all open windows
Alt + TabSwitch between the running application windows
Win + TabOpen Task View
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + DeleteMove the selected item to Recycle Bin
Shift + DeleteDelete the selected item permanently
Win + XOpen Start Button context menu
EscStop or close the current task
F2Rename selected item
F11Enter/ Exit full-screen mode
F5Refresh
F10Open the Menu bar in the current app
Win + ROpen Run command
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen
Alt + Page DownMove down one screen
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Win + S or Win + QOpen Windows Search
Ctrl + PPrint the current page
Shift + Arrow keysSelect more than one item
Ctrl + SSave
Ctrl + Shift + SSave as
Ctrl + OOpen a fike
Alt + EscCycle through the apps on the taskbar
Alt + SpacebarOpen the shortcut menu for the current window
Alt + F8Display your password on the login screen
Ctrl + NOpen a new program window of the current app
Alt + EnterOpen properties for the selected item
Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;)Access Emoji keyboard on Windows 11
Win + PProject a screen
Win + HLaunch Voice Typing
Alt + F10Open the context menu (right-click menu) for the selected item
BackspaceGo back to the Settings home page

Screenshot Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11

We might find ourselves in situations where we want to take screenshots on Windows 11. The good news is that there are certain keyboard shortcuts that you can use to instantly take screenshots without having the need to open any software or program. This is will be super helpful for everyone who uses the screenshot tool frequently.

Keyboard ShortcutAction
PrtScn/ Print ScreenTake a screenshot of the entire desktop
Alt + PrtScnTake a screenshot of the Active Window
Win + Shift + SCapture any part of the screen with Snip & Sketch tool

File Explorer Shortcuts

Windows 11 File Explorer Shortcuts
Windows 11 File Explorer Shortcuts

Below given are some Windows File Explorer keyboard shortcuts. These keyboard shortcuts make managing files via File Explorer super simple. There are some file explorer-specific keyboard shortcuts that you should know. Let’s take a look at them.

Keyboard ShortcutsAction
Win + EOpen the File Explorer
Ctrl + WClose active window
Ctrl + NOpen the current page in a new window
F6Switch between left and right panes
Alt + EnterOpen the Properties settings for the selected item
Alt + DSelect address bar of the File Explorer
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Ctrl + Mouse ScrollChange the file and folder view
Alt + Right arrowGo to the next folder
Alt + PDisplay the preview panel
Ctrl + Shift + EExpand all subfolders in the navigation pane on the left
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8)Changes folder view
Alt + Up arrowGo to the parent folder for the current file/folder
F4Switch focus to address bar
Right ArrowExpand the current folder tree in the left pane
Alt + Left arrow (or Backspace)Go to the previous folder
EndMove to the bottom of the active window
Left ArrowCollapse the current folder tree
HomeMove to the top of the active window

Browser Shortcuts

These are web browser keyboard shortcuts. These are not just for Microsoft Edge, it works with other web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave, etc.

Keyboard ShortcutAction
Alt + Right ArrowMove forward one page
Alt + Left ArrowMove back one page
Ctrl + Shift + TabMove to the tab on the left
Ctrl + TabMove to the tab on the right
Shift + HomeMove the cursor to the start of the current line and select text
Ctrl + Numbers (1-9)Move Between Tabs
Ctrl + FOpen on-page Search
Shift + Right/ Left Arrow keys:Select/ highlight one character at a time
Shift + Up/ Down Arrow KeysSelect/ highlight one line at a time
Shift + EndMove the cursor to the end of the current line and select text

Text Editor Keyboard Shortcuts

Below given are basic text editor shortcuts. They will work on Notepad, WordPad, and pretty much on all places where there is a text field. You can use them to copy, paste, cut, etc texts.

Keyboard ShortcutsAction
Ctrl + CCopy the selected items
Ctrl + ASelect all content
Ctrl + VPaste the clipboard items
Ctrl + XCut the selected items
Ctrl + UUnderline selected text 
Ctrl + IItalicize selected text
Ctrl + BBolden selected text
EndMove the cursor to the end of the current line
HomeMove the cursor to the start of the current line

CMD Shortcuts

If you are someone who uses CMD (Command Prompt), Terminal, or Windows PowerShell, then you will find this set of keyboard shortcuts super helpful.

Keyboard ShortcutsAction
Ctrl + Home Scroll to the top of the Command Prompt window
Page UpMove the cursor up a page
Ctrl + End Scroll to the bottom of the Command Prompt window
Page DownMove the cursor down a page
Ctrl + HomeMove the cursor to the beginning of the buffer in Mark mode
Ctrl + ASelect everything on the current line
Ctrl + MEnter “Mark” mode
Ctrl + EndMove the cursor to the end of the buffer in Mark mode
Shift + Page UpMove the cursor up one screen and select text
Shift + Page DownMove the cursor down one screen and select text
Shift + HomeMove the cursor to the start of the current line
Ctrl + Down arrowMove the screen down one line
Shift + EndMove the cursor to the end of the current line
Ctrl + Up arrowMove the screen up one line
Up/ Down Arrow keysCycle through command history of active session
Left/ Right arrow keysMove cursor left or right in the current command line
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow KeysMove the cursor one word at a time
Shift + Down arrowMove cursor down one line and select the text
Shift + Up arrowMove cursor up one line and select the text

GameBar Shortcuts

Gamebar Keyboard Shortcuts
Gamebar Keyboard Shortcuts

GamBar is a cool feature available on Windows 11. GameBar comes with many game-specific features and options. If you are someone who uses GameBar to screen record, etc then this is for you.

Keyboard ShortcutsActions
Win + GOpen Game Bar
Win + Alt + RStart or stop recording active game
Win + Alt + GRecord the last 30 seconds of the active game
Win + Alt + TShow/ hide recording timer of active game
Win + Alt + PrtScTake a screenshot of the active game

Accessibility Shortcuts

Now comes the accessibility and ease of access keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11. You can directly access a lot of ease of access options like the magnifier, on-screen keyboard, etc using the keyboard shortcut.

Keyboard ShortcutsActions
Alt + Ctrl + DSwitch to the docked mode in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + FSwitch to full-screen mode in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + LSwitch to lens mode in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + IInvert colors in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + MCycle through views in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + RResize the lens with the mouse in Magnifier
Win + UOpen “Ease of Access” Centre 
Win + minus (-)Zoom out using Magnifier
Win + plus (+)Turn on Magnifier and Zoom
Win + EscExit Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + Arrow keysPan in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + mouse scrollZoom in or out
Win + EnterOpen Narrator
Press Num Lock for five secondsTurn Toggle Keys on or off
Press Shift five timesTurn Sticky Keys on or off
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScTurn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + Left Shift + Num LockTurn Mouse Keys on or off
Win + Ctrl + OOpen on-screen keyboard with this shortcut in Windows 11
Hold down Right Shift for eight secondsTurn Filter Keys on and off

Other Shortcuts

Below given are some miscellaneous Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts. This includes shortcuts to launch Cortana, Start IME reconversion, etc. Not a lot of people use this on day to day basis, but it is good to know.

Keyboard ShortcutsActions
Win + CLaunch Cortana
Win + KOpen the “Connect” quick setting
Win + Ctrl + FSearch for PCs while on a network
Win + FOpen Feedback Hub
Win + PauseDisplay System Properties (About page) in Windows Settings
Win + forward slashStart IME reconversion
Win + SpacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Win + Shift + Left/ Right arrow keyMove an app or window from one monitor to another
Win + VOpen Clipboard History
Win + OLock your device orientation
Win + YSwitch input between desktop and Windows Mixed Reality

That wraps up the list of Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts for the article.

Best Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

These are all the variety of keyboard shortcuts available on Windows 11. The majority of them will work with older versions of Windows as well. I am definitely sure, your life is easier with the keyboard shortcuts. If you are someone who is concerned about productivity and better time management, then make sure to keep an eye on essential keyboard shortcuts as it will save you a lot of time.

Astro K Joseph
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