Tip: Navigate Windows Explorer More Quickly with These Keyboard Shortcuts
These special keyboard shortcuts are designed to help you navigate Windows Explorer more easily.
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Ctrl+N Open a new window on the same folder.
Ctrl+W Close the current window.
Alt+Up Arrow Go up one level.
Alt+Right Arrow Go forward.
Alt+Left Arrow Go back.
Alt+D Move the focus to the address bar, and select the current path.
F4 Move the insertion point to the address bar, and display the contents of the drop-down list of previous addresses.
Alt+Enter Show properties of the selected file.
Shift+F10 Open the shortcut menu for the current selection (which is the same as a right-click).
F6 Cycle through the following elements: address bar, toolbar, navigation pane, file list, column headings (available in Details view only).
Tab Cycle through the following elements: address bar, search box, toolbar, navigation pane, file list, column headings (available in Details view only).
F11 Toggle full-screen mode.
Ctrl+Shift+N Create a new subfolder in the current folder.
Ctrl+Shift+E Expand navigation pane to the current folder.
From the Microsoft Press book Windows 7 Inside Out by Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, and Craig Stinson.
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