Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here is the complete and updated list of the best keyboard shortcuts to make the most of Windows 11 and save a lot of time.

Windows keyboard shortcuts 11

As you may have guessed, we are going to see together the best and most useful keyboard shortcuts to use on your PC already updated to Windows 11.

Thanks to these shortcuts, you just need to press a combination of keys on your PC keyboard to quickly perform certain operations.

Don’t use shortcuts on Windows 11 yet?

You do not know what you’re missing!

Thanks to the keyboard shortcuts you can perform a lot of operations in an extremely comfortable and fast way, saving a lot of time.

Especially if we talk about operations that must be repeated over time, keyboard shortcuts are a real godsend: instead of navigating through the various menus of Windows 11, you just need to press 2-3 keys at the same time to carry out the operation you want. interests, extremely quickly.

But now enough with the chatter, I leave you to the complete and updated list of the best keyboard shortcuts available on Windows 11.

I advise you to read them all, find the ones that may come in handy, and memorize them: after using them the first few times, you won’t be able to do without them, I can guarantee you!

General keyboard shortcuts

  • CTRL  +  A  – Selects all the contents of a window or all the files available within a folder
  • CTRL  +  X  – Cut the selected item or text
  • CTRL  +  C  – Copy the selected item or text to the clipboard
  • CTRL  +  V  – Pastes the last selected item or text
  • CTRL  +  Z  – Undoes the last operation performed
  • CTRL  +  Y  – Repeat the last operation performed
  • CTRL  +  F  – Search for a string within the file
  • CTRL  +  H  – Search for a string within the file and replace it.
  • ALT  +  F4  – Close the open item or exit the active app. If you are on the desktop and no windows are currently active, it shows the Windows Logout window
  • ALT  +  F8  – Show password on sign-in screen
  • ALT  +  STAMP  – Take a screenshot of the active app and save it to the clipboard
  • F2  – Rename the selected item
  • F5  – Refresh the active window
  • CTRL  +  SHIFT  +  ESC  – Opens Task Manager
  • CTRL  +  L  – In certain apps (such as File Explorer and web browsers) move the focus to the address bar
  • CTRL  +  W  – Close the document, active window, or active browser tab

Keyboard shortcuts with the Windows key

  • Win  +  #  (numbers 1/2/3/4, etc.) – Opens the app on the taskbar in the place indicated by the number, starting from the left
  • Win  +  SHIFT  +  #  – Opens a new app window on the taskbar in the place indicated by the number
  • Win  +  CTRL  +  SHIFT  +  #  – Opens a new app window on the taskbar in the place indicated by the number, starting it as administrator
  • Win  +  A  – Opens the new Control Center
  • Win  +  B  – Activate the “Show hidden icons” switch in the clock area
  • Win  +  C  – Opens the Microsoft Teams based Chat experience
  • Win  +  D  – Show or hide the Desktop (minimize windows)
  • Win  +  E  – Opens a new File Explorer window
  • Win  +  F  – Opens the Feedback HUB
  • Win  +  G  – Opens the Xbox Game Bar
  • Win  +  ALT  +  G  – Start recording the currently active game
  • Win  +  ALT  +  R  – Stop active recording
  • Win  +  H  – Launch the new Windows 11 Voice Typing Launcher
  • Win  +  I  – Opens the Windows Settings app
  • Win  +  K  – Opens the Cast panel, to quickly connect new wireless devices and audio devices
  • Win  +  L  – Lock your PC or switch to another account
  • Win  +  M  – Minimize open windows
  • Win  +  N  – Opens the Notification Center with the calendar
  • Win  +  O  – Lock the orientation of the device.
  • Win  +  P  – Allows you to choose between the different Projection modes: PC screen only, Duplicate, Extend, the Second screen only
  • Win  +  Q  – Opens the “Recent” window
  • Win  +  R  – Opens the Run tool
  • Win  +  S  – Opens Windows Search. Alternatively, you can use the  Win  +  Q shortcut  to achieve the same result
  • Win  +  T  – Cycles between all app and program icons on the taskbar; Enter to open the currently selected app.
  • Win  +  U  – Opens the Accessibility Settings
  • Win  +  V  – Opens the new clipboard panel, with the possibility of pinning some elements of the clipboard history to always have them at hand
  • Win  +  W  – Opens the new Widget panel
  • Win  +  X  – Opens the menu for quick links to some important operating system features
  • Win  +  Z  – Opens the new quick panel for tiling windows with Windows Snap
  • Win  + (period) – Opens the new Emoji panel, with access to GIFs and math symbols as well
  • Win  +,  (comma) – Temporarily show the desktop, making open windows transparent
  • Win  +  SPACE  – Change the input method if there are multiple language packs installed on the PC
  • Win  +  SHIFT  +  S  – Opens the custom screen capture tool
  • Win  +  STAMP  – Take a screenshot of the screen and save it in Images> Screenshots
  • Win  +  CTRL  +  SHIFT  +  B  – Reset the display driver to try to fix graphics problems

Keyboard shortcuts for window management

  • Win  +  D  – Show or hide the desktop
  • Win  +  M  – Minimize all open windows
  • Win  +  HOME  – Minimizes all open windows except the one currently selected
  • Win  +  up arrow  – Maximize the window or, depending on the Snap layout chosen, move it to the top docking section
  • Win  +  down arrow  – Minimize the window or, depending on the Snap layout chosen, move it to the lower docking section
  • Win  +  left arrow  – Depending on the Snap layout chosen, move the open window to the docking section on the left
  • Win  +  right arrow  – Depending on the Snap layout chosen, move the open window to the docking section on the right
  • Win  +  SHIFT  +  right / left arrow   – Move the app window to the screen left or right
  • ALT  +  TAB  – This allows you to switch between open windows

Keyboard shortcuts for virtual desktops

  • Win  +  TAB  – Opens Task View
  • Win  +  CTRL  +  D  – Create a new virtual desktop
  • Win  +  CTRL  +  right arrow  – Switch to the rightmost virtual desktop
  • Win  +  CTRL  +  left arrow  – Switch to the leftmost virtual desktop
  • Win  +  CTRL  +  F4  – Close the currently selected virtual desktop

Keyboard shortcuts for File Explorer

  • ALT  +  ENTER  – Opens the properties of the currently selected file or folder
  • CTRL  +  SHIFT  +  N  – Create a new folder in the current location
  • CTRL  +  mouse wheel  – Change the size of file and folder icons
  • Backspace  – Go back to the previously opened folder
  • ALT  +  up arrow  – Displays the folder that contains the currently open folder
  • ALT  +  right / left arrow  – Displays the next / previous folder
  • ALT  +  P  – Displays the preview panel
  • CTRL  +  N  – Opens a new File Explorer window in the current folder
  • SHIFT  +  DEL  – Delete selected items without going through the Trash

Keyboard shortcuts for Office files

  • CTRL  + right/left arrow  – Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next/previous word
  • CTRL  + up / down  arrow  – Moves the cursor to the beginning of the next/previous paragraph
  • CTRL  +  SHIFT  +  directional arrow  – Select a block of text

What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments at the end of the article!

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