File Explorer keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10

The File Explorer in Windows 10 comes with a new look and several new options and features. To work efficiently with Explorer, make use of these keyboard shortcuts, sourced fromMicrosoft – that will help you navigate quickly between folders and its settings.

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Windows 10 File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcut Action
 

Alt+D

 

Select the address bar

 

Ctrl+E

 

Select the search box

 

Ctrl+F

 

Select the search box

 

Ctrl+N

 

Open a new window

 

Ctrl+W

 

Close the current window

 

Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel

 

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons

 

Ctrl+Shift+E

 

Display all folders above the selected folder

 

Ctrl+Shift+N

 

Create a new folder

 

Num Lock+asterisk (*)

 

Display all sub-folders under the selected folder

 

Num Lock+plus (+)

 

Display the contents of the selected folder

 

Num Lock+minus (-)

 

Collapse the selected folder

 

Alt+P

 

Display the preview pane

 

Alt+Enter

 

Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item

 

Alt+Right arrow

 

View the next folder

 

Alt+Up arrow

 

View the folder that the folder was in

 

Alt+Left arrow

 

View the previous folder

 

Backspace

 

View the previous folder

 

Right arrow

 

Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first sub-folder

 

Left arrow

 

Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in

 

End

 

Display the bottom of the active window

 

Home

 

Display the top of the active window

 

F11

 

Maximize or minimize the active window

Hope you find this useful.

Want more? Take a look at the complete list of Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10.

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