Stop Mousing and Use Your Keyboard to Quickly Navigate Windows Explorer

At this point, most users are pretty comfortable with the basic keyboard shortcuts used in popular Microsoft programs like Word and Excel; most know how to copy, paste, and undo without having to mouse over to the Edit menu. But when it comes to working with Windows Explorer windows or folders, “common knowledge” becomes a little less common. Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts for whenever you’re navigating through Windows Explorer windows and folders.

Key Combination = Result

CTRL+N =Open a new window

END = Display the bottom of the active window

HOME = Display the top of the active window

F11 = Maximize or minimize the active window

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK (*) on numeric keypad = Display all subfolders under the selected folder

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN (+) on numeric keypad = Display the contents of the selected folder

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN (-) on numeric keypad = Collapse the selected folder

LEFT ARROW = Collapse the current selection (if expanded), or select the parent folder

ALT+LEFT ARROW  = View the previous folder

RIGHT ARROW = Display the current selection (if collapsed), or select the first subfolder

ALT+RIGHT ARROW = View the next folder

CTRL+Mouse scroll wheel  = Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

ALT+D  = Select the Address bar

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