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



Select the address bar




Select the search box




Select the search box




Open a new window




Close the current window


Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel


Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons




Display all folders above the selected folder




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




Display the preview pane




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




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




Display the bottom of the active window




Display the top of the active window




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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