File Explorer keyboard shortcuts every Windows 10 user should know

Every Windows version features a number of useful shortcuts for File Explorer. With each new release of Windows, Explorer has gained new keyboard shortcuts. In this article, I would like to share the full list of shortcuts available in File Explorer. These hotkeys can help you save time and increase productivity. Here we go.

File Explorer logo banner Win + E - Open Explorer.

Esc - Cancel file operation.

F2 - Rename.

F2, then Tab - Fast Rename mode.

F3, Ctrl + E or Ctrl + F - Search Box.

F4 - Drop down the address bar.

F5 - Refresh.

F6 - Move focus between various elements - Command bar/Ribbon, Navigation pane and File pane.

F10 - Menu Bar (Windows 7 only).

F11 - Toggle Fullscreen.

Home - Move selection to beginning.

End - Move selection to end.

Up/Down arrow keys - Move selection up, down.

Left/Right arrow keys - Expand/collapse folder in navigation pane, move selection left/right in file pane.

* - Expand folder and all subfolders in navigation pane (Use with caution).

Shift + F10 or Menu key - Right click.

Del - Delete.

Shift + Delete - Delete without moving to Recycle Bin.

Enter - Open file.

Alt + Enter - Properties.

Ctrl + X - Cut.

Ctrl + C - Copy.

Ctrl + V - Paste.

Ctrl + W or Alt+F4 - Close window.

Ctrl + Z - Undo.

Ctrl + Y - Redo.

Ctrl + A - Select all.

Ctrl + N - New window.

Ctrl + Shift+N - New folder.

Alt + P - Preview pane toggle.

Alt + Shift +P - Details pane toggle (Windows 8 and later).

Ctrl + + - Resize all columns to fit in details view. Works in Explorer, Registry editor and many third party apps..

Ctrl + Shift + 1 - Extra Large Icons.

Ctrl + Shift + 2 - Large Icons.

Ctrl + Shift + 3 - Medium Icons.

Ctrl + Shift + 4 - Small Icons.

Ctrl + Shift + 5 - List.

Ctrl + Shift + 6 - Details.

Ctrl + Shift + 7 - Tiles.

Ctrl + Shift + 8 - Content.

Alt + Up - Up one level.

Alt + Left or Backspace - Back.

Alt + Right - Forward.

Alt + D - Move focus to address bar.

Ctrl + Shift + E - Show in navigation pane the parent folder of the folder selected in file pane.

Ctrl + F1 - Show/hide Ribbon.

Let us know if you want to add some missing keyboard shortcut and tell us if you discovered any new ones from this article.

7 thoughts on “File Explorer keyboard shortcuts every Windows 10 user should know

  1. MaX

    Hi, it doesn’t work ALT+D for focusing address field, do you know why?

    Windows 10 (1511)

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I have no idea.
      Maybe you have some third party app which enhanced Explorer but affected this keyboard shortcut?
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      In English Alt+D comes from the mnemonic for “A_d_dress”, which used to be the label in Windows XP. If
      there was a different label in Italian, it will be a different letter you need to use.

      From here: http://sourceforge.net/p/classicshell/discussion/1049756/thread/240a6488/

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    2. simon

      The Ctrl+Shift 1,2 etc to toggle views (large, small icons, details etc) don’t work on my Win10 x64 computer.

      However, Alt+Shift 1,2,3 etc does work.

      Simon

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  2. MaX

    No I haven’t, I’m trying it in another PC with Win7 64-bit, same result.
    I’m using an italian keyboard and I have used all this combinations with no result:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_keyboard_shortcuts

    Thanks.

    Reply
  3. Jose_49

    Woot! Learned a couple of new ones today!

    Would like to add that Ctrl + L works exactly as Alt+ D

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  4. MaX

    CTRL+L it works.

    Thanks

    Reply
  5. Kurt

    Professor,
    how can it be that there is no shortcut for moving files ?

    Reply

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