13 Essential File Explorer Shortcuts You Need to Know

Joel Lee 18-01-2016

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But if you’re an avid Windows user, there are several keyboard shortcuts you have to know if you want to boost your speed and productivity. Some you may already know, but you probably don’t know all of them.

Let’s start with the most obvious:

But there are several more worth knowing:

  • Alt + Enter: Open Properties for currently selected file.
  • Alt + D: Focus on the address bar.
  • Alt + P: Toggle the Preview pane.
  • Shift + Del: Delete and skip the Recycle Bin.
  • Ctrl + W: Close the current window.
  • Ctrl + N: Open new File Explorer window.
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new folder.
  • F11: Toggle Fullscreen mode.

These may seem overly simple, but once they become second nature, you’ll wonder how you lived without them.

Know of any other cool File Explorer shortcuts? Disagree with the list of essentials? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Someone
    February 2, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Right-clicking to get properties does NOT work on Win10.
    There is a default-apps by file type in settings, but it's horrifically hard to use, since it doesn't list obvious apps like Powerpoint.

    (Currently trying to change the .pptx default from some strange WPS Presentation thing to normal Powerpoint.)
    -Win10, x64

  2. Marshall
    January 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Ctrl+W = Kill application and
    Ctrl+PFK4 = same

  3. paulri
    January 18, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    One that I like (sorry not a keyboard shortcut) that hardly gets any airtime is a doubleclick to select an individual word. That is so much quicker than placing the cursor at the beggining or end, and then moving it back to select just the letters in the word, but no more....

    • Joel Lee
      January 28, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      Nice, I use that all the time! Triple-click can also select entire lines, which is also useful. Thanks for sharing Paulri!

  4. Harrie
    January 18, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Alt-2 = Create a new Directory