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...

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

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.


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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