New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 11

If you are already using Windows 11, these are the new shortcuts you need to learn


  1. ⊞ Win + Z: Show/hide the app-specific toolbar for the currently focused app.
  2. ⊞ Win + A: Open the Action Center to access notifications, quick settings, and other system functions.
  3. ⊞ Win + N: Open the new Notification Center.
  4. ⊞ Win + W: Open the Widgets panel to access news, weather, calendar, and other personalized content.
  5. ⊞ Win + Ctrl + D: Create a new virtual desktop.
  6. ⊞ Win + Ctrl + F4: Close the current virtual desktop.
  7. ⊞ Win + Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow: Switch between virtual desktops.
  8. ⊞ Win + / (forward slash): Open the Windows Search bar.
  9. ⊞ Win + D: Show/hide the desktop.
  10. ⊞ Win + L: Lock the computer and go to the lock screen.
  11. ⊞ Win + Shift + S: Take a screenshot of a specific area using the Snip & Sketch tool.
  12. ⊞ Win + E: Open File Explorer.
  13. ⊞ Win + X: Open the Quick Link menu, which provides access to various system utilities and features.
  14. ⊞ Win + Print Screen: Take a screenshot and save it to the Screenshots folder.
  15. ⊞ Win +, (comma): Peek at the desktop (temporarily minimize all open windows).
  16. ⊞ Win + Home: Minimize all windows except the active window.
  17. ⊞ Win + Shift + Left/Right Arrow: Move an open window to the left or right monitor when using multiple monitors.

These are just a few of the new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11. Windows also retains many of the keyboard shortcuts from previous versions. You can explore additional keyboard shortcuts by pressing the  F1 to open the Keyboard shortcuts to help overlay in Windows 11.

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