Windows 10: the essential keyboard shortcuts to master File Explorer

Windows 10: the essential keyboard shortcuts to master File Explorer

It is used on a daily basis, yet Windows File Explorer is far from being used to its full potential by the majority of users. While there are many hidden tricks and features to master Windows 10 File Explorer, the keyboard shortcuts that are associated with this key tool in Microsoft's operating system can, when mastered correctly, greatly simplify its use. In the following lines, you will discover all the keyboard shortcuts you need to know to master File Explorer at your fingertips.

Shortcuts to navigate in the explorer


Windows + E: Open File Explorer
Ctrl + N: Open a new File Explorer window
Ctrl + W: Close the active window
Ctrl + F or Ctrl + E or F3 : Activate the search field
Ctrl + L or Alt + D or F4: select the path
Alt + right arrow: Navigate to the next folder
Alt + left arrow or Backspace: Navigate to the previous folder
Alt + up arrow: Navigate to parent folder
Diagonal arrow / End: Move up or down to the very bottom of the window


Shortcuts to manipulate files


Ctrl + Shift + N : Create a new folder
F2 : Rename the folder or file
Alt+ Input: Open the properties of the selected file or directory.
Ctrl + A: Select all items
Ctrl + C: Copy selected items
Ctrl + X : Cut the selected elements
Ctrl + V : Paste copied or cut elements


Shortcuts to manage the display


Ctrl + mouse wheel: Modify the display size and presentation of files
Ctrl + Shift + 1: Display very large icons
Ctrl + Shift + 2: Display large icons
Ctrl + Shift + 3: Display average icons
Ctrl + Shift + 4: Display small icons
Ctrl + Shift + 5 : Display items as a list
Ctrl + Shift + 6: Display items as a list with detailed information
Ctrl + Shift + 7 : Display items in mosaic view
Ctrl + Shift + 8 : Show items in Content View
F11 : Enlarge or reduce the window
Alt + P : display the preview pane