Windows 10 File Explorer Shortcuts

Jump to: Manage Windows Explorer, Address Bar - Basics, Address Bar - Add Custom Locations, Left Navigation Pane Shortctus, Folder Content (Main Pane) - Navigate Files/ Folders, Folder Content (Main Pane) - Manage File/ Folders, Folder Content (Main Pane) - Change Views, Folder Content (Main Pane) - Change Item Order

1. Manage Windows Explorer

Win+E

Open Explorer

Alt+F, then N

Duplicate Explorer Window via File, New Window

Ctrl+W

Close Windows Explorer

Alt+D, then Tab (forward) or Alt+Tab (backwards)

Set baseline to Address Bar. Then navigate between (1) Address Bar, (2) Ribbon (3) Left Navigation Pane, (4) Folder Content Pane (Main Content Window), and (5) Sort Bar of Content Pane if present.

F5

Refresh Explorer Window

F11

Toggle Full Screen

2. Address Bar - Basics

Alt+D

Jump/ focus Address Bar with content selected

Alt+D, then Ctrl+C

Copy current path

Alt+D, then c:\(directory name}

With help of dropdown and Enter, select sub-directories. Note that the backslash is required for items in sub-directory to be visible.

Alt+D, then Alt+Down Arrow

Show previous locations

Alt+Up Arrow

Jump one level up

Alt+D , press and hold Alt then press Left Arrow, Right Arrow

Change focus from Address Bar to Folder Content (goes to previous/ next location and then changes focus to Folder Content; only works if a previous item is available)

3. Address Bar - Add Custom Locations

You may want to add a custom location to the Explorer Addressbar. Assume you have your favorite applications in your u:\apps drive. Do the following.
1. Open System Properties via Win+Pause/Break key.
2. Select 'Advanced System Settings (4th option on the left)
3. In the 'Advanced' Tab (3rd Tab on the Top), select 'Environemnt Variables' at the bottom
4. Select 'New'. Set Variable name to e.g. 'apps', variable value e.g. 'u:\apps'.
5. Click 'ok'
6. Test in File Explorer via %apps%
To add a custom location to the Address Bar such as %apps%, do the following.

4. Left Navigation Pane Shortctus

Alt+D, then 2x Tab

Jump/ focus Navigation Pane

Arrow Up/Arrow Down

One item up/ down

Page Up/Page Down

One page up/ down

Home/End

Go to first itme/ last item

Ctrl+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Scroll directory tree up/ down without changing focus

Arrow Left/ Right Arrow on tree parent

Open/ close directory tree

Shift+Arrow Left

Change to parent element in tree when in sub-element

5. Folder Content (Main Pane) - Navigate Files/ Folders

Alt+D, then 3x Tab

Jump/ focus Folder Content Pane

Alt+H, then SA

Select all items via Home, Select All. Also shorthand for changing focus to Folder Content

Arrow Up/Arrow Down

One item up/ down

Page Up/Page Down

One page up/ down

Home/End

Go to first itme/ last item

Ctrl+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Scroll directory tree up/ down without changing focus

Shift+Arrow Up/Arrow Down

Select multiple (adjacent) items

Press and hold Ctrl, Arow Keys, and press Space on multiple items

Select multiple (non-adjacent) items

Alt+Arrow Left/Arrow Right

Go to previous/ next location

Alt+Up Arrrow

Up one level. There is no down one level, but you may use Alt+left to go to previous location

Alt+Enter on item

Show properties of file or folder

Shift+F10 on item

Open context menu of file or folder

6. Folder Content (Main Pane) - Manage File/ Folders

Ctrl+Shift+N

Create new folder

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, Ctrl+V

Copy, cut, paste

Ctrl+Z

Undo an action

Ctrl+Y

Redo an action

Delete

Delete an item and place it into the Recycle Bin

Shift+Delete

Delete an item permanently without placing it into the Recycle Bin

F2

Edit Item. Select name excluding file extension

7. Folder Content (Main Pane) - Change Views

Alt+D, then 3x Tab

Jump/ focus Folder Content Pane (required for changing views with Ctrl+Shift+18

Ctrl+Shift+1

Change View to Extra Large Icons

Ctrl+Shift+2

Change View to Large Icons

Ctrl+Shift+3

Change View to Medium Icons

Ctrl+Shift+4

Change View to Small Icons

Ctrl+Shift+5

Change View to List View

Ctrl+Shift+6

Change View to Details View

Ctrl+Shift+7

Change View to Tiles View

Ctrl+Shift+8

Change View to Content View

Alt+V, then SF

Change View to Size Fit all items within column width

8. Folder Content (Main Pane) - Change Item Order

With focus anywhere, Alt+D, then 4x Tab, then Enter

Jump/ focus Sort Bar (Content Area Table Header)

With focus on Folder Content Pane, 1x Tab

Jump/ focus Sort Bar (Content Area Table Header). Use after changing sort order to change again.

Arrow Left/Right Arrow on Sort Bar

Select sort column

Press Enter on Sort Bar Item

Change sort order ascending (or descending) by name, date, etc.

After changing sort order, press Tab, then Enter

Change sort order descending (or ascending)

Created by max on 1/9/2021. Last updated by max on 1/10/2021

 

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