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 2022

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 + A Open Action Center
Win Key + N Open Notifications Panel
Win Key + W Open Widgets Panel
Win Key + Z Snap 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 Shortcut Action
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 icon Open 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 key Open apps from their pinned taskbar icons in numbered position-wise
Win + T Switch apps in the taskbar
Win + Alt + D View Date and Time
Win + B Highlight the Overflow key
Shift + Right-click grouped app icon Show 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 Shortcut Action
Win key Open Start Menu
Ctrl + Shift Switch the keyboard layout
Win + Shift + Up arrow key Stretch the active window to the top and bottom of the screen
Win + Shift + down arrow key Restore or minimize active desktop windows vertically, maintaining width
Win + Tab Open Desktop view
Win + Ctrl + D Add a new virtual desktop
Win + Ctrl + F4 Close the active virtual desktop
Win + Ctrl + Right Arrow Switch to the virtual desktops on the right
Win + Ctrl + Left Arrow Switch to the virtual desktops on the left
Ctrl + Shift Create a shortcut (while dragging file or folder icon)
Win + Comma (,) Windows Peek (Take a peek at the desktop)
Win + Ctrl + Shift + B Keyboard shortcut to restart graphics driver
Alt + Tab View all open apps
Ctrl + Arrow keys + Spacebar Select more than one item on the desktop
Win + M Minimize all open windows
Win + Shift + M Maximize all minimized windows
Win + Home Minimize or maximize all but the active window
Win + Left Arrow Key Snap the current app or window to the Left
Win + Right Arrow Key Snap 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 Shortcut Action
Alt + F4 Close active window. Also to bring up the power options dialog box when you are on the desktop or no active windows open
Win + L Lock your computer
Win + D Minimizes all open windows
Alt + Tab Switch between the running application windows
Win + Tab Open Task View
Ctrl + Z Undo an action
Ctrl + Y Redo an action
Ctrl + Delete Move the selected item to Recycle Bin
Shift + Delete Delete the selected item permanently
Win + X Open Start Button context menu
Esc Stop or close the current task
F2 Rename selected item
F11 Enter/ Exit full-screen mode
F5 Refresh
F10 Open the Menu bar in the current app
Win + R Open Run command
Alt + Page Up Move up one screen
Alt + Page Down Move down one screen
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager
Win + S or Win + Q Open Windows Search
Ctrl + P Print the current page
Shift + Arrow keys Select more than one item
Ctrl + S Save
Ctrl + Shift + S Save as
Ctrl + O Open a fike
Alt + Esc Cycle through the apps on the taskbar
Alt + Spacebar Open the shortcut menu for the current window
Alt + F8 Display your password on the login screen
Ctrl + N Open a new program window of the current app
Alt + Enter Open properties for the selected item
Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;) Access Emoji keyboard on Windows 11
Win + P Project a screen
Win + H Launch Voice Typing
Alt + F10 Open the context menu (right-click menu) for the selected item
Backspace Go 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 Shortcut Action
PrtScn/ Print Screen Take a screenshot of the entire desktop
Alt + PrtScn Take a screenshot of the Active Window
Win + Shift + S Capture 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 Shortcuts Action
Win + E Open the File Explorer
Ctrl + W Close active window
Ctrl + N Open the current page in a new window
F6 Switch between left and right panes
Alt + Enter Open the Properties settings for the selected item
Alt + D Select address bar of the File Explorer
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder
Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Change the file and folder view
Alt + Right arrow Go to the next folder
Alt + P Display the preview panel
Ctrl + Shift + E Expand all subfolders in the navigation pane on the left
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8) Changes folder view
Alt + Up arrow Go to the parent folder for the current file/folder
F4 Switch focus to address bar
Right Arrow Expand the current folder tree in the left pane
Alt + Left arrow (or Backspace) Go to the previous folder
End Move to the bottom of the active window
Left Arrow Collapse the current folder tree
Home Move 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 Shortcut Action
Alt + Right Arrow Move forward one page
Alt + Left Arrow Move back one page
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move to the tab on the left
Ctrl + Tab Move to the tab on the right
Shift + Home Move the cursor to the start of the current line and select text
Ctrl + Numbers (1-9) Move Between Tabs
Ctrl + F Open on-page Search
Shift + Right/ Left Arrow keys: Select/ highlight one character at a time
Shift + Up/ Down Arrow Keys Select/ highlight one line at a time
Shift + End Move 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 Shortcuts Action
Ctrl + C Copy the selected items
Ctrl + A Select all content
Ctrl + V Paste the clipboard items
Ctrl + X Cut the selected items
Ctrl + U Underline selected text 
Ctrl + I Italicize selected text
Ctrl + B Bolden selected text
End Move the cursor to the end of the current line
Home Move 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 Shortcuts Action
Ctrl + Home  Scroll to the top of the Command Prompt window
Page Up Move the cursor up a page
Ctrl + End  Scroll to the bottom of the Command Prompt window
Page Down Move the cursor down a page
Ctrl + Home Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer in Mark mode
Ctrl + A Select everything on the current line
Ctrl + M Enter “Mark” mode
Ctrl + End Move the cursor to the end of the buffer in Mark mode
Shift + Page Up Move the cursor up one screen and select text
Shift + Page Down Move the cursor down one screen and select text
Shift + Home Move the cursor to the start of the current line
Ctrl + Down arrow Move the screen down one line
Shift + End Move the cursor to the end of the current line
Ctrl + Up arrow Move the screen up one line
Up/ Down Arrow keys Cycle through command history of active session
Left/ Right arrow keys Move cursor left or right in the current command line
Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys Move the cursor one word at a time
Shift + Down arrow Move cursor down one line and select the text
Shift + Up arrow Move 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 Shortcuts Actions
Win + G Open Game Bar
Win + Alt + R Start or stop recording active game
Win + Alt + G Record the last 30 seconds of the active game
Win + Alt + T Show/ hide recording timer of active game
Win + Alt + PrtSc Take 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 Shortcuts Actions
Alt + Ctrl + D Switch to the docked mode in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + F Switch to full-screen mode in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + L Switch to lens mode in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + I Invert colors in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + M Cycle through views in Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + R Resize the lens with the mouse in Magnifier
Win + U Open “Ease of Access” Centre 
Win + minus (-) Zoom out using Magnifier
Win + plus (+) Turn on Magnifier and Zoom
Win + Esc Exit Magnifier
Alt + Ctrl + Arrow keys Pan in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + mouse scroll Zoom in or out
Win + Enter Open Narrator
Press Num Lock for five seconds Turn Toggle Keys on or off
Press Shift five times Turn Sticky Keys on or off
Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtSc Turn High Contrast on or off
Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock Turn Mouse Keys on or off
Win + Ctrl + O Open on-screen keyboard with this shortcut in Windows 11
Hold down Right Shift for eight seconds Turn 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 Shortcuts Actions
Win + C Launch Cortana
Win + K Open the “Connect” quick setting
Win + Ctrl + F Search for PCs while on a network
Win + F Open Feedback Hub
Win + Pause Display System Properties (About page) in Windows Settings
Win + forward slash Start IME reconversion
Win + Spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout
Win + Shift + Left/ Right arrow key Move an app or window from one monitor to another
Win + V Open Clipboard History
Win + O Lock your device orientation
Win + Y Switch 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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