80+ Useful Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

Windows 11 is a great operating system, but it can be a little daunting for newcomers to try and figure out all the ins and outs. That’s where keyboard shortcuts come in; by learning a few of them, you can speed up your workflow.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of some crucial keyboard shortcuts you should know so that you can get started right away!

Apps and Features

Windows key + AOpen the quick settings panel

↑This allows you to control the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your device and adjust the brightness of your screen, volume, and more.

Windows key + COpen chat with Microsoft Teams

↑This new feature in Windows allows you to have a quick panel so that you can see your recent messages and contacts in Microsoft Teams. You can also start meetings and calls directly from this panel.

Windows key + DShow/hide the desktop

↑Hiding the shortcut to the desktop means all your apps are hidden, and showing the desktop restores all your apps in their original position

Windows key + EOpen File Explorer
Windows key + FOpen the Feedback Hub to take an instant screenshot
Windows key + GOpen the Xbox Game bar

↑With these shortcuts, you can record videos, access multiple features while playing a game, and take screenshots.

Windows key + Alt + BTurn HDR On or Off

↑This demands an HDR-compatible monitor and the latest Xbox Game Bar app edition.

Windows key + Alt + RRecord a video of your app or game with Xbox game bar.
Windows key + HLaunch voice typing

↑This lets you dictate text instead of writing it by hand.

Windows key + IOpen the Settings app.
Windows key + PauseOpen the About Page in settings
Windows key + KOpen the Cast panel
Windows key + LLock your PC
Windows key + MMinimize all your Windows.
Windows key + NDisplay the Notification Center and Calendar
Windows key + OLock device orientation

↑This stops your PC screen from rotating when you rotate your convertible or tablet PC.

Windows key + PSwitch the display mode for several monitors
Windows key + QOpen Quick Assist
Windows key + ROpen the Run dialog
Windows key + SOpen Windows search
Windows key + Shift + STake a Screenshot with the Snipping Tool
Windows key + UOpen the Accessibility Settings page.
Windows key + Ctrl + CTurn Color Filters On/Off
Windows key + VOpen your Clipboard history

↑You can use this to see multiple items you’ve copied, including text and links. You can also turn this feature on from here.

Windows key + WOpen the widgets panel

↑This new Windows 11 feature includes widgets for weather, calendar, OneDrive photos, and more.

Windows key + ZOpen the snap layouts panel

↑This feature of Windows 11 makes it easier to combine app windows on your screen.

Windows + . or ;Open the Emoji Panel
Windows key+ Ctrl + FExplore PCs on your network
Ctrl + ShiftMove to a different keyboard layout
Windows key + Ctrl + EnterTurn on Narrator
Windows key + + (plus)Switch on the Magnifier and zoom into the screen
Windows key + [(minus)Zoom out with the Magnifier
Windows key + EscClose the Magnifier
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + BWake up your PC from a blank or black screen
Windows key + PrtScr (Represented differently on distinct keyboards)Take a full-screen screenshot and save it to a file
Ctrl + EscOpen the start menu
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen the Task Manager

Window Management and Multitasking

Windows key + TabOpen Task View
Alt + TabGo to your last opened Window
Alt + EscMove through Windows in the sequence they were opened
Ctrl + Alt + TabSee all the open apps to pick one with the keyboard Arrows
Alt + F4Close the running app or Window
Windows key + Up arrowMaximize the Running Window to See it On the Entire Desktop
Windows key + Alt + Up arrowSnap the running Window to the upper Half of your monitor
Windows key + Left arrowSnap the running Window to the left half of your monitor
Windows key + Right arrowSnap the running Window to the right half of your monitor
Windows key + HomeMinimize all Windows besides the active Window
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow, or Left arrowShift the Active Window to a separate monitor
Windows key + Ctrl + DBuild a new virtual desktop

File Explorer

Alt + DSelect the Address Bar]
Ctrl + F or Ctrl + E, or F3Fixed Focus to the Search Bar
Ctrl + NOpen a new Window
Ctrl + WClose the running Window
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder
Alt + EnterSee properties of the chosen file or folder.
Alt + PDisplay the preview panel
Alt + Left arrow, or BackspaceGo back one page
Alt + Right arrowGo forward one page
Alt + Up arrowSee the parent folder of the active folder
Ctrl + (arrow)Navigate the items on the existing page without Choosing them
Ctrl + SpacebarChoose personal items While Navigating
Shift + (arrow)Pick consecutive items beginning from the currently chosen one
Right arrow (On navigation sidebar)Extend a collapsed folder or move to the first subfolder of an expanded folder
Left arrowCollapse an extended folder or choose the parent folder of the presently chosen one
F4, or BackspaceDisplay Objects in an Active List
Ctrl + TabSwitch through multiple tabs
Ctrl + Shift + TabMove backwards through tabs
TabSwitch Through Choices on the Active Page
Shift + TabMove backward through the options available on the current page


Windows key + TCycle through applications on the taskbar
Windows key + Shift + 1-9:Open a fresh app instance pinned to the taskbar in the position shown by the number
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + 1-9:Start a new app instance at the given location on the taskbar as an Administrator
Shift + left mouse clickStart a new instance of the chosen app
Ctrl + Shift + left mouse clickStart the chosen app as an administrator
Shift + right mouse clickOpen the Window menu for the chosen app

Other Windows 11 Shortcuts

Ctrl + AChoose all text or items in a document, window, or page
Ctrl + DRemove the selected item or text
Ctrl + XCut the chosen item or text
Ctrl + CCopy the selected text or item
Ctrl + VPaste cut or copied content from the clipboard
Ctrl + ZUndo your last action
Ctrl + YRedo an undone action
F2Rename the chosen file or folder
F4Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5 or Ctrl + RRefresh the active window or page
F6Process through screen elements of the active desktop or window
F10Activate the menu bar in the running window or app


Whether you’re a seasoned Windows user or just starting out, there are sure to be times when you need to use keyboard shortcuts. In this article, we’ve put together a list of some useful Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts that will help you get the most out of your computer.

From adjusting your window settings to controlling your web browser, these shortcuts can come in handy in various situations. So whether you’re looking for quick and easy ways to work on your computer or manage your day-to-day tasks, this list has something for you.

80+ Useful Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know