Complete list of Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts with Downloadable PDF

Collection of Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts in list with PDF Download.

Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts make our lives much easier when working on a Windows 11 computer. These hotkeys fasten your workflow and increase productivity whether you need to access settings, enter directories or navigate around tabs and windows. Moreover, when your mouse or pointer isn’t working due to any reason, hotkeys come to the rescue. So, in this post, we are putting together a complete list of the Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts.

If you are someone like us who loves to use keyboard shortcuts, this list is extremely worthwhile. Furthermore, most of these hotkeys would be applicable to Windows 10 too. In case, you want to download keyboard shortcuts pdf for Windows 11 go to the last of this post and click the link there.

Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts

Here is the complete list of Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts –

We have classified the hotkeys to make it somewhat easier for you to find them you need or are looking for.

1] Most used Hotkeys

There are shortcuts that many of us use very frequently and you can call them generic. If you have been using a computer for some period of time, you might be cognizant of many of these hotkeys as well. In this list, we have all the most common shortcuts that can work on both Windows 11 as well as its predecessor:

ShortcutActions
Ctrl + ASelects all selectable contents on the current screen
Ctrl + ZUndo the recent action(s)
Ctrl + YRedo the action you have undone
Ctrl + CCopies the items you have selected
Ctrl + XCuts the items you have selected
Ctrl + VPastes the items you have copied or cut
Win + TabOpens Task View to view all open tasks or windows
Alt + TabAllows users to switch between the running applications
Win + DAllows users to switch back and forth from the desktop
Alt +  F4Shuts the active app or window; or, If you are on Desktop, opens the power options
Win + LLocks computer and display the Lock screen
Alt + Page DownMove down one screen (Used to go down faster)
Alt + Page UpMove up one screen( Used to go up faster)
Alt + Right arrowGoes to the next screen; if you are on the web, goes to the next webpage if you had gone back
Alt + Left arrowGoes to the previous screen; if you are on the web, goes to the previous webpage you had opened on the tab
F10Bring down the menu bar of the current Window/ program
F5Refreshes the active screen
Ctrl + SSave the current file
Ctrl + Shift + SSave As function- lets the user save a copy of the current file at the specified location
Ctrl + OHelp opens a file in the active program if allowed—–
Ctrl + Delete/ DeleteDeletes the chosen item and move it to the Recycle Bin
Shift + DeleteDeletes the item permanently
Shift + Arrow keysTo select multiple items or to select text
Win + Shift + SAllows users to capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch
PrtScn or PrintCaptures a complete screenshot and keeps it on the clipboard
Ctrl + PSends the current page to print
Windows + XOpen Start button context menu.
Alt + EscSwitch between the apps on the Taskbar
Alt + F8Displays the entered password on your login screens
Alt + F10Opens the context menu or the right-click menu for a particular item
Alt + EnterBrings up properties for a selected item
Alt + SpacebarOpens up the shortcut menu for the current window
Win + RPops out the Run window
Ctrl + NLaunches a new program window of the current app
Win + Shift + SHelps to take a screen clipping
Win + IOpens up the Windows 11 settings
EscExits or cancels the current task
Win + period ( . ) or Win + semicolon ( ; )Launches Emoji keyboard
F11Helps enter or exit the full-screen mode
Window logo key (Win)Opens Windows 11 Start menu
Win + MMinimizes all the open windows (Alternative to Win +D)
Win + HomeMinimize or bring up all windows except the currently active window
Ctrl + ShiftSwitch keyboard layout
Ctrl + Arrow keys + SpacebarTo choose multiple items on the desktop
Win + Left Arrow KeyShifts the current window to the left-hand side of your screen
Win + Right Arrow KeyPlaces the current window to the left-hand side of your screen
Win + Shift + Up arrow keyStretch or place the active window to the top of the screen
Win + Shift + down arrow keyStretch or place the active window to the top of the screen
Ctrl + Shift + Left and click app iconLaunches the application on the taskbar as administrator
Win + 1Opens the app in the first position on your taskbar
Win + Alt + DViews Date and Time along with calendar
Alt + Windows key + number keysOpen the application’s menu on the taskbar

2] New Windows 11 Keyboard shortcuts

In addition, there are a bunch of new hotkeys available only on Windows 11. Going forward we may explore more exclusive Windows 11 shortcuts, but here are the ones we found so far:

ShortcutActions
Win + WOpens the Widget Pane that shows the weather forecast, local news, your calendar, etc.
Win + APops up the Quick access menu that helps you manage Focus Assist, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Brightness sliders, and such settings
Win + ZHelp organize apps
Win + NBrings up all the unaddressed notifications

3] Desktop/Virtual desktop Shortcuts

Here are a few common desktop related shortcuts –

ShortcutActions
Win + Ctrl + DAllows users to add a new virtual desktop
Win + Ctrl + F4Closes down the currently active virtual desktop
Win key + Ctrl + Right arrowSwitch or toggle between the virtual desktops you’ve created towards the Right
Win key + Ctrl + Left arrowSwitch or toggle between the virtual desktops you’ve created towards the Left
CTRL + SHIFT while dragging icon or fileCreate a shortcut
Win + S or Win + QOpens the Windows Search

4] File Explorer Windows 11 shortcut keys list

Generally, users frequently go through File Explorer therefore, this section lists all the shortcuts you can use in the app that allow you to navigate through the program, subfolders, and tools smoothly.

ShortcutActions
Win + ELaunches the File Explorer
Ctrl + EPuts cursor in the search box in the file explorer
Ctrl + NOpens up a new window of the program
Ctrl + WClose active Explorer window
Ctrl + MEnables the mark mode
Ctrl + Mouse ScrollChanges the file or the folder view
Ctrl + Shift + EExpands all the sub-folders available in the navigation pane
F6Allows you to switch between panes
Alt + DSelects the address bar in the File Explorer
Ctrl + Shift + (Any numbers) 1-8Changes the folder view
EndMove to the bottom of the window that is currently active
Alt + PDisplay the preview panel
Alt + EnterOpens the Properties for the selected item
F4Goes to address bar
Num Lock + plus (+)Expands the drive or folder you have selected
Num Lock + Minus (-)Collapse the drive or folder you have chosen
Alt + Right arrowShifts to the next accessible folder
Alt + Left arrowGoes to the previous folder
Alt + Up arrowSwitch back to the parent folder the folder was in
HomeMoves to the top of the currently active window

5] Command Prompt shortcut keys

Several advanced Windows 11 users use Command Prompt frequently to execute tasks. If you are one of those people who love to get tasks done through command lines, the following shortcuts would be quite useful.

ShortcutActions
Ctrl + HomeScrolls up to the very top of the current Command Prompt window
Ctrl + EndGoes to the bottom of CMD window
Ctrl + ASelects everything on the current line
Shift + UpMoves the cursor up one line and select the texts along
Shift + down arrowPuts the cursor down one line and select the text in between as well
Up or Down arrow keysCycles through commands passed in the current session
Left or Right arrow keysMove cursor left or right in the current
Shift + HomeMove your cursor to the start of the current line
Shift + EndMove your cursor to the end of the current line
Ctrl + Up arrowMove the screen up one line in the output history
Ctrl + down arrowMove the screen down one line in the output history

6] Shortcuts to use with Accessibility Keyboard

Accessibility Keyboard is a pretty useful feature available in newer Windows versions. If you are using this attribute repeatedly, you might want to check out the compilation of the below shortcuts for accessibility keyboard.

ShortcutActions
Win + ULaunches Ease of Access Centre
Ctrl + Alt + DEnables the docked mode in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + MAllows users to cycle through different views in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + LSwitches to Magnifier lens mode
Win + plus (+)It Starts Magnifier and lefts you Zoom in
Ctrl + Alt + mouse scrollAllows users to zoom in or out using mouse
Win + minus (-)Zooms out the Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + RResizes the lens
Ctrl + Alt + up arrow keysPan upwards in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + down arrow keysPan downwards in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + left arrowPan to left in Magnifier
Ctrl + Alt + right arrowPan to right in Magnifier
Press Shift five timesTurn on or off Sticky Keys
Left Alt + left Shift + PrtScrEnable or disable High Contrast
Win + EnterOpens Narrator to start textto speech feature
Win + Ctrl + OLaunches on-screen keyboard
Win + EscExits out of Magnifier

See more keys here – Narrator Keyboard Shortcuts / Hotkeys in Windows 10

7] Other useful keyboard shortcuts

Here are a couple of other hotkeys meaningful when you perform specific tasks. Take a quick look at the list and decide for yourself as to which of these would be useful to you according to your computer usage.

ShortcutActions
Win + GLaunches the Game bar
Win + Alt + GEnable screen recording and records the last 30 seconds of the currently active game
Win + Alt + RStarts or stops recording the game that is currently active
Win + Alt + PrtScrCapture a screenshot of the current window
Win + Alt + TShows or hides recording timer of the game during the recoding
Win + forward slashStarts an IME reconversion
Win + FOpens the Feedback Hub to provide feedback to the Microsoft community
Win + HLaunches Voice Typing feature
Win + KEnables or launches the Connect quick setting
Win + OLocks the orientation of your device
Win + Shift + Left or right arrow keysMoves an application or a program window from one monitor to another, following the direction of the arrow key pressed
Win + SpacebarSwitches between the input languages and keyboard layout
Win + VOpens the Clipboard History window
Win + YFlips the input between your desktop and Windows Mixed Reality
Win + PauseDisplays the System Properties Page
Win + CLaunches the Cortana feature
Ctrl + TabMoves forward through tabs of the open window
Ctrl + Shift + TabMove back through tabs of the open window
F4Displays all the items in the active list
TabShifts forward through options of the dialog box or Window
Shift + TabMoves back through the options or button on the dialog box
SpacebarChecks or Unchecks the check box if a check box is the active option
BackspaceOpens up the parent folder if a folder is selected in the Open file window
Ctrl + Any number (1–9)Skips forward or backward to nth tab
Arrow keysSelects or moves to a button in any group of active buttons

See – Keyboard Shortcuts to Maps Windows 10

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