Shortcuts You Can Actually Use in Windows 11

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Image : sdx15 (Shutterstock) – You don’t even have to take your hands off the keyboard to start taking use of Windows 11’s coolest new features. Windows 11 isn’t simply a fresh coat of paint; it’s a complete overhaul. From the widget panel to the fast settings to dedicated virtual desktops, there are numerous new features and reworked aspects here. New keyboard shortcuts are included with each one.

In order to fully benefit from Windows 11, you must first accomplish the following two things: Find and memorize the keyboard shortcuts that will help you do your day-to-day chores faster, and then remap the ones that don’t work so well.

Starting with the new Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts, let’s get started. After that, we’ll show you how to modify your keyboard shortcuts with the help of Microsoft’s PowerToys program.

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows 11 worth learning and utilizing

Have you just installed Windows 11 and are having trouble getting it to work? It’s a good idea to memorize the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Windows + A: Opens the Quick Settings window, where you can adjust wifi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, brightness, and more.
  • To use the Chat function in Microsoft Teams, press Windows + C on your keyboard.
  • Use the shortcut Windows + N to access the Notifications and Calendar window.
  • Using Windows + W: Slides appear in the new widget panel.
  • Using Windows + Z, you can access the new Snap Layouts tool, which allows you to swiftly arrange several windows into a grid.
  • Quickly clamps the chosen window to the top or bottom half of the screen by pressing Windows + Alt + Up/Down Arrow.
  • Show or hide the desktop using Windows + D (Desktop Display). (Showing the desktop will immediately hide any current windows, and you’ll just see the desktop wallpaper and your icons.)
  • With Windows + Tab, you may see all open windows on the current virtual desktop in the new virtual desktops interface. From the bottom, you may choose a different desktop to work on.
  • Add a new virtual desktop by pressing Windows+Ctrl+D.
  • Switch between virtual desktops using Windows + Ctrl + Left/Right Arrow.
  • Close the current virtual desktop by pressing Windows + Ctrl + F4 simultaneously.
  • Start the new voice typing function by pressing Windows + H.
  • Windows + K: Quickly access the Cast option in Quick Settings.

How to remap the Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts

You may now experiment with some of the new Windows 11 keyboard shortcuts that you’ve learnt. It’s unlikely you’ll ever need to access the widgets panel rapidly enough to warrant remapping the Windows + W keyboard shortcut.

Make additional keyboard shortcuts simpler to access as well. In order to make it easier to use, I assigned it to the Left Alt key, which is an otherwise infrequently used shortcut for the Windows + Tab virtual desktops.

Microsoft’s PowerToys product makes it easy to do all of this. It’s currently in preview for Windows 10 and 11, but it’s reliable enough for daily usage. The most recent version may be downloaded from the PowerToys GitHub page’s Releases section.

Go to the “Keyboard Manager” area of your sidebar and click “Remap a Key” once you’ve installed it.

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Specify the physical keys you wish to utilize in the Physical Key field. “Alt (Left)” is an example of this. Enter the desired keyboard shortcut in the Mapped To area. This is “Windows + Tab” for me. Multiple keyboard shortcuts may be created at the same time. Click the “OK” button when you’re done to save your settings.