Keyboard shortcuts are an extremely important part for computer users. Shortcuts help you manipulate and process work quickly. Here are all the useful keyboard shortcuts for you. For Windows 11 there will be new shortcuts compared to Windows 10.

Shortcuts containing the Windows key

Keyboard Shortcut


Open Start Menu or Screen

+ E

Open File Explorer.

+ C

Open Chat.

+ S

Open Search (online and offline).

+ I

Open Settings app.

+ A

Open Action Center.

+ N

Open Notification Center.

+ H

Start voice typing.

+ F

Open Feedback hub.

+ W

Open Widgets.

+ K

Connect to wireless displays and audio devices.

+ X

Open Start context menu.

+ G

Open Game bar.

+ [1][2][3][…]

Open programs that are pinned to task bar.

+ Space

Switch keyboard input language (only if 2 or more than 2 languages present).

+ R

Open Run.

+ P

Project current screen.

+ L

Lock your Windows 11.

+ D

Show Windows Desktop.

+ V

Show Clipboard history.

+ Alt + D

Show time, date and calendar.

+ O

Change orientation.

+ M

Minimize all open windows.

+ ,

Take a peek look at the desktop until you release the Windows key.

+ Shift + S

Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch

+ U

Open Accessibility settings.

+ ; or .

Open Emoji viewer.

+ B

Highlight the first item in the Notification Area and use the Arrow key switch between the items.

+ PrtScr

Take screenshot of current screen and saves it to Screenshots directory under Pictures library.

+ T

Cycle through apps on taskbar.

+ Tab

Open Task View.

+ Ctrl + Left/ Right

Switch to the virtual desktop on the left/right.

+ Down

Snap current window to the bottom of the screen.

+ Up

Snap current window to the top of the screen.

+ Right

Snap current window the the right side of the screen.

+ Left

Snap current window to the left side of the screen.

+ Ctrl + D

Create a new virtual desktop and switch to it.

+ Ctrl + F4

Close the current virtual desktop.

Other Shortcut Keys

Keyboard Shortcut


Alt + F4

Closes current program window. When no program is open, it provides Shut down Windows dialog.

Ctrl + F

Opens a Find dialog for searching the currently opened program.

Ctrl + M

Enter mark mode which helps for selecting text especially in Command Prompt.

Ctrl + Page Up / Page Down

Scrolling up / down on current screen or page.

Ctrl + Up / Down

Move up / down on current screen or page line by line.

Ctrl + A

Select all content on the screen.

Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert

Copies all content on screen to clipboard.

Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert

Pastes text at the cursor.

Ctrl + Z

Undo operation.

Ctrl + Y

Redo operation, provided if you’ve used Ctrl + Z already.

Alt + Tab

This is the good older shortcut we’ve used for year to switch between tabs.

Shift + Left / Right / Up / Down

Moves the cursor left a character, right a character, up a line, or down a line, selecting the text along the way. Continue pressing arrow keys to select more text.

Ctrl + Shift + Home / End

Moves the cursor one word to the left or right, selecting that word along the way.

Shift + Home / End

Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the current line, selecting text along the way.

Shift + Page Up / Page Down

Moves the cursor up or down a screen, selecting text.

Ctrl + Shift + Home / End

Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the screen buffer, selecting all text between the cursor and the beginning or end.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Open Task Manager.

Alt + Tab + F4

Restart File Explorer.


Try to memorize and use keyboard shortcuts when working. Wish you a good new day!