A hot key is a key or a combination of keys on a computer keyboard that, when pressed at one time, performs a task (such as starting an application) more quickly than by using a mouse or other input device. With the right key combination, you can reach your goal faster. In Windows 11 Microsoft added some new keyboard shortcuts. The reason for this is that Windows 11 brought fundamental innovations to the desktop there, such as the widget area. Here are some important and new keyboard shortcuts for windows 11 you must know.
The new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11
Most previous Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts will continue to work just fine on Windows 11, so all you have to do to switch to Windows 11 as a power user is learn a few new hotkeys. But there are also minor changes.
Windows key + A: In Windows 10, this opens the notification bar on the side of the screen, which has a few settings buttons at the bottom, such as activating Airplane mode or Night mode. In Windows 11, after the Windows key + A, only a few basic Windows settings are displayed, which can be changed using a button or slider.
For example to increase or decrease the volume. The user can use the “Notification Assistant” button to specify whether Windows 11 can disturb him at work (or while gaming). The choices are Always, Alarms Only, and Priority Only.
Windows key + N: Windows 11 shows the notifications via this hotkey. On the left side of the screen (like on Windows 10), but much clearer, including a calendar.
Windows key + Z: This can be used to activate the new snap layout function (also called docking layouts), which Windows 11 offers for each program window if you hold the mouse pointer over the “Maximize” icon for a longer time. Here you can specify the position in which the program window is to be displayed and arrange other program windows accordingly. You should also know the following two hotkeys:
- Windows key + Alt + Up Arrow: The active window is “snapped” in the top half of the desktop.
- Windows key + Alt + down arrow: The active window is “snapped” in the lower half of the desktop
Windows key + W: The widget area in Windows 11 can be displayed using this keyboard combination.
Windows key + Ctrl + C: Activates the color filter (function must first be activated in the settings under Settings, Accessibility and Color filter)
Windows key + C: Opens a chat in Microsoft Teams
In addition, you can use the PrtScn key on your keyboard to Take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it to your clipboard.
Windows key + PrtScn: Take a screenshot of your entire desktop and save it to a folder on your computer. And
Windows key + Shift + S: Open the Snipping Tool menu to take a screenshot of only a section of your screen.
- F2: Rename a selected item.
- F3: Quickly search for files in File Explorer.
- F4: Highlight the address bar in File Explorer.
- F5: Refresh your active window.
- F6: Cycle through elements (tab, buttons, search bar, etc.) in a window or your desktop.
- Alt + F8: Show login password on the start screen.
- F10: Activate the menu bar in the active window.
Popular keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11
|Select all contents||Ctrl + A|
|Copy the selected items||Ctrl + C|
|Cut the selected items||Ctrl + X|
|Paste the copied or cut items||Ctrl + V|
|Undo an action||Ctrl + Z|
|Redo an action||Ctrl + Y|
|Switch between the running applications||Alt + Tab|
|Open Task View||Win + Tab|
|Close the active app or If you are on Desktop, open the Shutdown box to shut down, restart, log out or put your PC to sleep.||Alt + F4|
|Lock your computer.||Win + L|
|Display and hide the desktop.||Win + D|
|Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.||Ctrl + Delete|
|Delete the selected item permanently.||Shift + Delete|
|Capture a full screenshot and saves it in the clipboard.||PrtScn or Print|
|Capture part of the screen with Snip & Sketch.||Win + Shift + S|
|Open Start button context menu.||Windows + X|
|Rename selected item.||F2|
|Refresh the active window.||F5|
|Open Menu bar in the current app.||F10|
|Go back.||Alt + Left arrow|
|Go forward.||Alt + Left arrow|
|Move up one screen||Alt + Page Up|
|Move down one screen||Alt + Page Down|
|Open Task Manager.||Ctrl + Shift + Esc|
|Project a screen.||Win + P|
|Print the current page.||Ctrl + P|
|Select more than one item.||Shift + Arrow keys|
|Save the current file.||Ctrl + S|
|Save As||Ctrl + Shift + S|
|Open a file in the current app.||Ctrl + O|
|Cycle through the apps on the taskbar.||Alt + Esc|
|Display your password on the login screen||Alt + F8|
|Open the shortcut menu for the current window||Alt + Spacebar|
|Open properties for the selected item.||Alt + Enter|
|Open the context menu (right-click menu) for the selected item.||Alt + F10|
|Open Run command.||Win + R|
|Open a new program window of the current app||Ctrl + N|
|Take a screen clipping||Win + Shift + S|
|Open Windows 11 settings||Win + I|
|Go back to Settings home page||Backspace|
|Stop or close the current task||Esc|
|Enter/Exit the full-screen mode||F11|
|Launch Emoji keyboard||Win + period (.) or Win + semicolon (;)|
Other Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 11
|Open Game bar||Win + G|
|Record the last 30 seconds of the active game||Win + Alt + G|
|Start or stop recording the active game||Win + Alt + R|
|Take a screenshot of the active game||Win + Alt + PrtSc|
|Show/hide recording timer of the game||Win + Alt + T|
|Start IME reconversion||Win + forward slash (/)|
|Open Feedback Hub||Win + F|
|Launch Voice Typing||Win + H|
|Open the Connect quick setting||Win + K|
|Lock your device orientation||Win + O|
|Display the System Properties Page||Win + Pause|
|Search for PCs (if you’re on a network)||Win + Ctrl + F|
|Move an app or window from one monitor to another||Win + Shift + Left or Right arrow key|
|Switch input language and keyboard layout||Win + Spacebar|
|Open Clipboard History||Win + V|
|Switch input between Windows Mixed Reality and your desktop.||Win + Y|
|Launch Cortana app||Win + C|
|Open another instance of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.||Win + Shift + Number key (0-9)|
|Switch to the last active window of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.||Win + Ctrl + Number key (0-9)|
|Open Jump List of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.||Win + Alt + Number key (0-9)|
|Open another instance as an administrator of the app pinned to the taskbar in the number position.||Win + Ctrl + Shift + Number key (0-9)|