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Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

You can execute a variety of commands using the windows key on your keyboard.

keyboard shortcuts

Lets take a look at some common commands you can use. To execute these commands, hold down the windows key, then tap the appropriate letter corresponding to the command you want to execute.

Shortcut

Action

Windows A

Action Centre

Windows B

Highlight notification area

Windows C

Launch Cortana in listening mode

Windows D

Show Desktop and the previous state

Windows E

Open File Explorer Quick Access

Windows H

Open Voice Dictation

Windows I

Open Settings App

Windows K

Open cast connect panel

Windows L

Lock screen

Windows M

Minimizes all open windows

Windows O

Orientation Lock

Windows P

Open Project: PC Screen Only, Duplicate Screen, Extend Screen

Windows Q

Windows Search

Windows R

Run Dialog box

Windows S

Open Cortana in type mode

Windows T

Cycle through apps on the taskbar

Windows U

Open Ease of Access Center

Windows V

Cloud Clipboard Panel

Windows X

Open hidden start menu

Windows Z

Opens the app‐specific command bar.

Windows Enter

Open Windows Narrator

Windows Spacebar

Switch between languages and keyboard layouts

Windows Tab

Open Virtual Desktops and Running Apps

Windows ,

Peek at desktop

Windows +

Zoom in

Windows ‐

Zoom out

Windows Escape

Close Magnifier

Windows Left Arrow

Dock active window to the left half of screen.

Windows Right Arrow

Dock active window to the right half of screen.

Windows Down Arrow

Minimizes or restores the active window.

Windows Up Arrow

Maximises or restores the active window.

Windows Shift Left Arrow

Move active window to left

Windows Shift Right Arrow

Move active window to right

Windows Shift Down Arrow

Minimize or restores the active window vertically while maintaining the current width

Windows Shift Up Arrow

Maximize the active window vertically while maintaining the current width

Windows Home

Minimize or restores all inactive windows

Windows Print Screen

Take Screenshot (Saves to PicturesScreenshots folder)

Windows Ctrl Left Arrow

Switch to previous virtual desktop

Windows Ctrl Right Arrow

Switch to next virtual desktop

Windows Ctrl D

Create new virtual desktop

Windows Ctrl F4

Close current virtual desktop