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Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts and What They Command

Earlier on, when Windows 11 was released, we published a post to show our readers fixes to the most common Windows 11 problems and a complete list of additional, feature-specific requirements for Windows 11, check out Microsoft windows 11 Specification page. In this post, we will be listing Windows 11 shortcuts and what it commands.

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keys on the keyboard that provide an alternative time-saving way to do something without needing to reach for your mouse. There are new keyboard shortcuts to memorize for the newly released Windows 11 operating system, so if you’ve never utilized these time-saving key combinations before then now is the perfect time to learn and use.

There have been criticisms that Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 11 is little more than a reskinned version of its predecessor, Windows 10, but this new generation of Windows has unique distinguishing features from its predecessors that can boost users’ productivity and efficiency. Keyboard shortcuts are the easiest and fastest way to access some of these features, and while it’s a skill to memorize and use them, putting in the effort to learn to use them is worth it.


These everyday shortcuts updated in this windows OS version 11 will allow you quick access to things like the Calendar, News and Interests feed or Widgets, where you can check for any breaking news, local weather reports, and more without visiting any news site. Users can launch voice typing which initiates speech recognition, you speak, the computer types, and displays. Sounds cool right…

If you have options that you frequently use, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplane mode, or volume regulation opening Quick Access will let you switch and add options between a custom settings menu.

Windows 11 keyboard shortcut What it does (command)
Windows logo key + AOpen Quick Settings.
Windows logo key + COpen Chat from Microsoft Teams (opened the AI assistant Cortana in former versions)
Windows logo key + HLaunch voice typing.
Windows logo key + KOpen Cast from Quick Settings.
Windows logo key + NOpen notification center and calendar.
Windows logo key + WOpen Widgets
Windows logo key + Ctrl + CTurn on color filters (enable this shortcut first in Color Filter settings). Select Start > Settings > Ease of Access > Color filters to enable different filters and choose what suits your eyes best.

Windows 11 Virtual Desktops Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft introduced Virtual Desktops as an alternative to shared monitors in Windows OS Version 10, and this feature has been greatly improved in Windows 11, giving you a convenient way to keep work and personal things separate thereby enjoying the benefits of additional space. Below are updated Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts to navigate through virtual desktops.

Virtual Desktops
Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts What it does (command)
Windows logo key + TabOpen Task view.
Windows logo key + Ctrl + D
Add a virtual desktop.
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Right arrowSwitch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right.
Windows logo key + Ctrl + Right arrowSwitch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left.
Windows logo key + Ctrl + F4Close the virtual desktop you’re using.

The Snap feature Keyboard Shortcuts

The Snap features was introduced way back in Windows 7, but in the last two generations of the OS, we have seen great improvements in layouts as the feature allows for multiple windows in sections and columns. Windows 11 now enabling the keyboard shortcuts makes the whole feature interesting to use.

Windows 11 keyboard shortcutsWhat it does (command)
Windows logo key + ZOpen the snap layouts.
Windows logo key + Alt + Up arrowSnap window in focus to the top half of the screen.
Windows logo key + Alt + Down arrowSnap window in focus to the bottom half of the screen.

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