What’s Inside the Cheat Sheet

Our list of essential Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts includes the familiar key combinations you probably already know and use, as well as some of the more obscure, but by no means less useful.

From quickly accessing system functions to effortlessly managing windows and applications, these shortcuts are designed to keep you focused and productive.

The cheat sheet includes the latest Windows 11 updates, for example the dedicated shortcut (Win + C) to open Copilot, Microsoft’s AI assistant.

Easy to Use and Reference

We designed the cheat sheet with simplicity in mind, allowing you to find what you need without any fuss.

The shortcuts are grouped by the starting key: Ctrl, Win, Alt, so that it’s easier to commit them to your motor memory.

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you can download the full list of Windows keyboard shortcuts as a PDF.

Without further ado, here are…

Essential Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl+ Shortcuts header
Ctrl + ASelect all items in a document or window
Ctrl + FFind / Open search
Ctrl + SSave a document
Ctrl + CCopy selected item
Ctrl + XCut selected item
Ctrl + VPaste the copied / cut item
 *Or the more powerful cousin: Win + V
Ctrl + ZUndo an action
Ctrl + YRedo an action
Ctrl + BBold text
Ctrl + IItalicize text
Ctrl + UUnderline text
Ctrl + KInsert hyperlink
Ctrl + Shift + EscOpen Task Manager
Ctrl + Home (End)Move the cursor to the beginning / end  of the buffer
Ctrl shortcuts
Win+ Shortcuts header
Win + AOpen Quick Settings (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, display, sound, brightness)
Win + COpen Windows Copilot (updated in Windows 11)
Win + DDisplay and hide desktop
Win + EOpen File Explorer
Win + HOpen dictation / voice typing
Win + IOpen Settings
Win + LLock computer or switch accounts
Win + MMinimize all windows
Win + NOpen notification center & calendar
Win + POpen display / projection options
Win + ROpen Run dialog box
Win + SOpen Search
Win + Shift + SCapture part of the screen (screenshot tool)
Win + TCycle through apps on the taskbar
Win + VOpen clipboard history
Win + WOpen Widgets (updated in Windows 11)
Win + XOpen the Quick Link menu
Win + ZOpen the snap layouts (updated in Windows 11)
Win + 1 (2, 3, …)Start or switch to the pinned taskbar app at the number position
Win + ➞ (or )Snap window to the right / left side of screen
Win + ⬆ (or )Maximize / minimize the window
Win + Alt + ⬆ (or )Snap window to top / bottom half of screen (new with Windows 11)
Win + Period (.)Open emoji panel
Win + PrtScnSave full screen screenshot to file
Win + Plus / MinusOpen Magnifier and zoom in / out
Win + TabOpen Task View (switch between apps & desktops)
Win + SpacebarSwitch input language and keyboard layout
Windows key shortcuts
Alt+ Shortcuts header
Alt + DSelect the address bar in File Explorer
Alt + FOpen File menu
Alt + POpen the preview panel
Alt + TabSwitch between open apps
Alt + F4Close the active item, or exit the active app
Alt + F8Show your password on the sign-in screen
Alt + EnterDisplay properties for the selected item
Alt + EscCycle through items in the order in which they were opened
Alt shortcuts
Function Keys header
F2Rename the selected item
F3Search for a file or folder in File Explorer
F4Display the items in the active list / address bar
F5Refresh the active window
F6Cycle through elements in a window / desktop
F10 (or Alt)Activate the Menu bar in the active app
F11Maximize or minimize the active window
Shift + F10Display the shortcut menu for the selected item
Ctrl + F4Close the active document
Function keys

Please note that some keyboards, in particular laptop keyboards, may require pressing the Fn key together with the F-keys to activate them.

Windows Shortcuts for Quick Wins

If you feel overwhelmed by the number of shortcuts to memorize, do not panic. Try them out and choose those that you find most helpful. For all the rest, keep our cheat sheet handy (scroll down to download the PDF). 😊

Some shortcuts, like Win + X, offer you a bunch of functionalities for the cost of one key combination. It opens the Quick Link menu that groups many useful features and can be easily navigated with the keyboard.

Quick Link menu on Windows 11.
Quick Link menu (opened with Win + X).

Use the visual cues in the Quick Link menu (the underlined letters) to run the application or functionality you want. With time, the Quick Link combinations will become second nature. You’ll use Win + X + U + U to shut the computer down, or Win + X + T to open the Task Manager.

Download Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts PDF

Whether you’re working on a critical project or just browsing, having these shortcuts at your fingertips is invaluable. Download your free PDF Cheat Sheet here.

Leila Gharani

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