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Essential Windows 11 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

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Windows keyboard shortcuts allow you to perform actions faster and improve the efficiency of your workflow. Although many Windows keyboard shortcuts remain unchanged from the shift from Windows 10 to Windows 11, some new changes have been implemented. While some of the keyboard shortcuts are familiar to long-term Windows users, others may not be as widely known. Here are keyboard shortcuts you should use in Windows 11.

Screenshots Shortcuts

  • PrtScn: 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.
  • Windows key + Shift + S: Open the Snipping Tool menu to take a screenshot of only a section of your screen.

Function Keys Shortcuts

  • 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.

Browser Shortcuts

  • Alt + Left Arrow: Move back one page (back arrow)
  • Alt + Right Arrow: Move forward one page
  • Ctrl + Numbers (1-9): Move Between Tabs
  • Ctrl + Tab: Move to the tab on the right
  • Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Move to the tab on the left
  • Ctrl + F: Open on-page Search (works on text editors, word processors, Command Prompt, etc.)
  • Shift + Home: Move the cursor to the start of the current line and select text
  • Shift + End: Move the cursor to the end of the current line and select text
  • Shift + Right/ Left Arrow keys: Select/ highlight one character at a time
  • Shift + Up/ Down Arrow Keys: Select/ highlight one line at a time

Command Prompt Shortcuts

  • Ctrl + Home: Scroll to the top of the Command Prompt window
  • Ctrl + End: Scroll to the bottom of the Command Prompt window
  • Ctrl + A: Select everything on the current line
  • Page Up: Move the cursor up a page
  • Page Down: Move the cursor down a page
  • Ctrl + M: Enter “Mark” mode
  • Ctrl + Home: Move the cursor to the beginning of the buffer in Mark mode
  • Ctrl + End: Move the cursor to the end of the buffer in Mark mode
  • Up/ Down Arrow keys: Cycle through command history of active session
  • Left/ Right arrow keys: Move cursor left or right in the current command line
  • Shift + Home: Move the cursor to the start of the current line
  • Shift + End: Move the cursor to the end of the current line
  • Shift + Page Up: Move the cursor up one screen and select text
  • Shift + Page Down: Move the cursor down one screen and select text
  • Ctrl + Up arrow: Move the screen up one line
  • Ctrl + Down arrow: Move the screen down one line
  • Shift + Up arrow: Move cursor up one line and select the text
  • Shift + Down arrow: Move cursor down one line and select the text
  • Ctrl + Shift + Arrow Keys: Move the cursor one word at a time

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