File Explorer includes a lot of keyboard shortcuts to help complete tasks a little quicker.
Here’s a list with the most useful shortcuts for File Explorer.
Keyboard shortcut Action
Windows key + E Open File Explorer.
Alt + D Select address bar.
Ctrl + E (or F) Select search box.
Ctrl + N Open new window.
Ctrl + W Close active window.
Ctrl + F (or F3) Start search.
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheel Change view file and folder.
Ctrl + Shift + E Display all folders above the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + N Create new folder on desktop/File Explorer.
Ctrl + L Focus on the address bar.
Ctrl + Shift + Number (1-8) Changes folder view.
Alt + P Display preview panel.
Alt + Enter Open Properties for selected file
Alt + Right arrow key View next folder.
Alt + Left arrow key (or Backspace) View previous folder.
Alt + Up arrow Move up a level in folder path.
F11 Switch active window full screen
F5 Refresh File Explorer.
F2 Rename selected item.
F4 Switch focus to address bar.
F5 Refresh File Explorer current view.
F6 Cycle through elements on screen
Home * Jump to top of the window.
End * Jump to bottom of the window.
* Num Lock key must be off to work