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 + A Open 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 + C Open 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 + D Show/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 + E Open File Explorer
Windows key + F Open the Feedback Hub to take an instant screenshot
Windows key + G Open the Xbox Game bar

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

Windows key + Alt + B Turn HDR On or Off

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

Windows key + Alt + R Record a video of your app or game with Xbox game bar.
Windows key + H Launch voice typing

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

Windows key + I Open the Settings app.
Windows key + Pause Open the About Page in settings
Windows key + K Open the Cast panel
Windows key + L Lock your PC
Windows key + M Minimize all your Windows.
Windows key + N Display the Notification Center and Calendar
Windows key + O Lock device orientation

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

Windows key + P Switch the display mode for several monitors
Windows key + Q Open Quick Assist
Windows key + R Open the Run dialog
Windows key + S Open Windows search
Windows key + Shift + S Take a Screenshot with the Snipping Tool
Windows key + U Open the Accessibility Settings page.
Windows key + Ctrl + C Turn Color Filters On/Off
Windows key + V Open 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 + W Open the widgets panel

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

Windows key + Z Open 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 + F Explore PCs on your network
Ctrl + Shift Move to a different keyboard layout
Windows key + Ctrl + Enter Turn on Narrator
Windows key + + (plus) Switch on the Magnifier and zoom into the screen
Windows key + [(minus) Zoom out with the Magnifier
Windows key + Esc Close the Magnifier
Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B Wake 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 + Esc Open the start menu
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open the Task Manager

Window Management and Multitasking

Windows key + Tab Open Task View
Alt + Tab Go to your last opened Window
Alt + Esc Move through Windows in the sequence they were opened
Ctrl + Alt + Tab See all the open apps to pick one with the keyboard Arrows
Alt + F4 Close the running app or Window
Windows key + Up arrow Maximize the Running Window to See it On the Entire Desktop
Windows key + Alt + Up arrow Snap the running Window to the upper Half of your monitor
Windows key + Left arrow Snap the running Window to the left half of your monitor
Windows key + Right arrow Snap the running Window to the right half of your monitor
Windows key + Home Minimize all Windows besides the active Window
Windows key + Shift + Right arrow, or Left arrow Shift the Active Window to a separate monitor
Windows key + Ctrl + D Build a new virtual desktop

File Explorer

Alt + D Select the Address Bar]
Ctrl + F or Ctrl + E, or F3 Fixed Focus to the Search Bar
Ctrl + N Open a new Window
Ctrl + W Close the running Window
Ctrl + Shift + N Create a new folder
Alt + Enter See properties of the chosen file or folder.
Alt + P Display the preview panel
Alt + Left arrow, or Backspace Go back one page
Alt + Right arrow Go forward one page
Alt + Up arrow See the parent folder of the active folder
Ctrl + (arrow) Navigate the items on the existing page without Choosing them
Ctrl + Spacebar Choose 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 arrow Collapse an extended folder or choose the parent folder of the presently chosen one
F4, or Backspace Display Objects in an Active List
Ctrl + Tab Switch through multiple tabs
Ctrl + Shift + Tab Move backwards through tabs
Tab Switch Through Choices on the Active Page
Shift + Tab Move backward through the options available on the current page


Windows key + T Cycle 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 click Start a new instance of the chosen app
Ctrl + Shift + left mouse click Start the chosen app as an administrator
Shift + right mouse click Open the Window menu for the chosen app

Other Windows 11 Shortcuts

Ctrl + A Choose all text or items in a document, window, or page
Ctrl + D Remove the selected item or text
Ctrl + X Cut the chosen item or text
Ctrl + C Copy the selected text or item
Ctrl + V Paste cut or copied content from the clipboard
Ctrl + Z Undo your last action
Ctrl + Y Redo an undone action
F2 Rename the chosen file or folder
F4 Display the address bar list in File Explorer
F5 or Ctrl + R Refresh the active window or page
F6 Process through screen elements of the active desktop or window
F10 Activate 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.