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In the Windows 7 Explorer, Ctrl + N seems to create a new, duplicate window and Ctrl + F places cursor focus into the search dialog box. What other keyboard shortcuts are available?

  • Is there one for a new folder (besides Alt, F, W, F)?
  • One to place your cursor into the location bar?
  • To go up a directory?
  • etc...
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Microsoft has a great reference for all the keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7. In regard to Windows Explorer, they list the following, among others:

  • Ctrl+N = Open a new window
  • Ctrl+W = Close the current window
  • Ctrl+Shift+N = Create a new folder
  • End = Display the bottom of the active window
  • Home = Display the top of the active window
  • F11 = Maximize or minimize the active window
  • Ctrl+. = Rotate a picture clockwise
  • Ctrl+, = Rotate a picture counter-clockwise
  • Num Lock+Num * = Display all subfolders under the selected folder
  • Num Lock+Num + = Display the contents of the selected folder
  • Num Lock+Num - = Collapse the selected folder
  • Left = Collapse the current selection (if it's expanded), or select the parent folder
  • Alt+Enter = Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item
  • Alt+P = Display the preview pane
  • Alt+Left = View the previous folder
  • Backspace = View the previous folder
  • Right = Display the current selection (if it's collapsed), or select the first subfolder
  • Alt+Right = View the next folder
  • Alt+Up = View the parent folder
  • Ctrl+Shift+E = Display all folders above the selected folder
  • Ctrl+Mouse scroll wheel = Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons
  • Alt+D = Select the address bar
  • F4 = Show Address bar dropdown of recent history
  • Ctrl+E = Select the search box
  • Ctrl+F = Select the search box
  • F3 = Select the search box
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Here's a great list of Windows-7 and Windows Explorer shortcuts.

It looks like Ctrl+Shift+N = Create new folder.

To get to your location bar, the article says:

F6 cycles objects in the current window. In explorer this will cycle between the location bar, options bar, left pane, and right pane.

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Some extra keyboard shortcuts that helped me save time clicking. To chage Folder view:

  • Ctrl+Shift+1 = Extra Large
  • Ctrl+Shift+2 = Large Icons
  • Ctrl+Shift+3 = Medium Icons
  • Ctrl+Shift+4 = Small Icons
  • Ctrl+Shift+5 = List
  • Ctrl+Shift+6 = Details
  • Ctrl+Shift+7 = Tiles
  • Ctrl+Shift+8 = Content
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