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.
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.