Operating system Windows The Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts list
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The Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts list.

Most programs provide accelerator keys that can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. Check the menus of programs for accelerator keys. If a letter is underlined in a menu, that usually means that pressing the Alt key in combination with the underlined key will have the same effect as clicking that menu item. The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows Explorer windows or folders.

Press this key

To do this


Open a new window


Close the current window


Create a new folder


Display the bottom of the active window


Display the top of the active window


Maximize or minimize the active window

Ctrl+Period (.)

Rotate a picture clockwise

Ctrl+Comma (,)

Rotate a picture counter-clockwise

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 it's expanded), or select the parent folder


Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item


Display the preview pane

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 subfolder

Alt+Right Arrow

View the next folder

Alt+Up Arrow

View the parent folder


Display all folders above the selected folder

Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel

Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons


Select the address bar


Select the search box


Select the search box

To familiar with the above Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts will speed up your job.

Operating system - Windows