Simplify your workflow with these Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

August 23rd, 2023
Simplify your workflow with these Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

Did you know that Windows 11 has a bunch of shortcuts that can make your life easier and help you get things done more quickly? We’ve put together a handy list of these keyboard shortcuts to help you streamline your workflow effortlessly. Give them a try and see how much more productive you can be!

General Windows 11 shortcuts

These shortcuts enable you to perform common functions, including copying and pasting text, switching between windows, and more.

Command Function
Ctrl + A Highlights all items in the active window
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copies the highlighted items
Ctrl + X Cuts the highlighted items
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Pastes the cut or copied items
Ctrl + Z Undoes recent changes
Ctrl + Y Redoes recent changes
Ctrl + Arrow key + Spacebar Selects multiple items in a window
Ctrl + O Opens a file
Ctrl + S Saves a file or folder
Ctrl + Shift + S Opens the Save As dialog box
Ctrl + N Opens a new window
Ctrl + R (or F5) Refreshes the active window
Alt + Tab Switches between active tabs or windows
Alt + F4 Closes an active window
Shift + Delete Deletes a file or folder without moving it to the Recycle Bin

Windows 11 Command Prompt shortcuts

The Windows Command Prompt is a powerful tool used to perform various operations on your computer. The following shortcuts can help you save time when using it.

Command Function
Ctrl + A Selects all items
Ctrl + C (or Ctrl + Insert) Copies the selected items
Ctrl + V (or Shift + Insert) Pastes the cut or copied items
Ctrl + M Enters Mark mode
Ctrl + F Opens the Find dialog box
Esc Deletes everything you typed
Arrow keys Moves the cursor in the specified direction
Page Up/Page Down Moves the cursor up or down a whole page
Shift + Home Repositions the cursor at the start of the current line

Windows 11 File Explorer shortcuts

Navigating and managing files can be tedious, but with these shortcuts, you can open, view, and organize files more quickly. 

Command Function
Windows logo key + E Opens File Explorer
Ctrl + N Opens another File Explorer window while you’re in File Explorer
Ctrl + E Goes to the search box
Ctrl + W Closes File Explorer
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Changes the size and appearance of file and folder icons
F4 Goes to the File Explorer address bar
F5 Refreshes the current File Explorer window
F6 Toggles between the screen elements in a window
Ctrl + Shift + N Creates a new folder
Alt + P Shows/Hides the preview panel
Alt + Enter Shows the Properties dialog box of the selected item
Alt + Left/Right arrow key Toggles between the next and previous folders
Alt + Up arrow key Goes to the parent folder or directory
Num Lock + Plus (+) key Expands the selected folder
Num Lock + Minus (−) key Collapses the selected folder

New Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

Windows 11 has unique features that you can access with these handy shortcuts. 

Command Function
Windows logo key + C Opens the Microsoft Teams chat app
Windows logo key + H Opens Voice Typing
Windows logo key + A Launches the Quick Settings flyout
Windows logo key + N Opens the Notification Center
Windows logo key + W Brings up the Widgets pane
Windows logo key + Z Launches the Snap Layouts flyout

Mastering these Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts can greatly enhance your productivity and efficiency. So, try incorporating these shortcuts into your daily routine and experience the optimum functionality of Windows 11.

If you want to find more ways to increase your productivity using Windows 11, call our experts today.