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How to use File Explorer without mouse on Windows 10



  File Explorer icon on Windows 10 desktop

Windows 10's file manager is packed with shortcuts. You can start File Explorer and use it completely on the keyboard – without touching any mouse. It's not a Norton Commander, but it's extremely keyboard-friendly.

Starting File Explorer

To start File Explorer anywhere on your Windows system, press Windows + E.

You can also use other shortcuts ̵

1; for example, if File Explorer is the first icon from left on the Windows 10 taskbar, you can press Windows + 1 to activate the taskbar's button. If it is the third icon in the taskbar, you can press Windows + 3 to activate it.

Navigating Folders

The File Explorer opens for quick access view when you start it. Use the arrow keys to select files and folders and press Enter to enter folders or open files. To expand a collapsed section (such as "Devices and Devices" under "My Computer"), select it and press the right arrow key.

If you want to select a file or folder in a directory, start writing the name. For example, when you are in the C: directory and type "Win", File Explorer selects the "Windows" directory.

To go to the first or last file in a directory, press Home or End keys.

To go "up" in a directory, press the Alt + Up arrow. To go back and forward, press Alt + Left arrow and Alt + Right arrow.

If you need to update a folder and see updated content, press F5.

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Typing Directories and Search

To focus the line item at the top of the window, press Ctrl + L or Alt + D. You can then type an address (like "C: user ") and hit Enter to go there.

To focus the search field, press Ctrl + F or Ctrl + E. You can then type a search phrase and press Enter.

Selecting multiple files

To select a file range, hold down the Shift key and use the arrow keys. You can also press Ctrl + A to select all files in the current folder.

To select multiple files, press and hold the Ctrl key. Use the arrow keys to select other files or folders and press Space to add them to your selection. When you are done, release the Ctrl key.

 Select multiple files using the File Explorer keyboard.

Rename files

To rename a file using the keyboard, select it with the arrow keys (or by beginning to type the name) and press F2. File Explorer automatically selects the file name, excluding the file extension. You can then type a new name for the file and press Enter. Press Escape to cancel renaming the file without saving any changes.

The usual text editing shortcuts work while editing a filename, so you can press Ctrl + the left arrow to quickly navigate between words in a multi-word filename.

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Creating a New Folder

To create a new folder in the current directory, press Ctrl + Shift + N. Type the name of the directory and press Enter.

 Create a new folder in File Explorer.

Copying, pasting and deleting files

As usual, Ctrl + C copies a file, Ctrl + X cuts a file (deletes it from its current location) and Ctrl + V pastes the file to a new location .

To undo an action, press Ctrl + Z. To redo an action that you just undo, press Ctrl + Y.

To delete a selected file, press Delete. To permanently delete a file, skip Trash, press Shift + Delete.

Open the context menu

To open the context menu of your selected items, press Shift + F10. The context menu opens as if you right-clicked the items.

Navigate between the options in the menu with the up and down arrow keys. Press Enter to select an option.

You can also press Alt + Enter to open the Properties window for a selected object and skip the context menu. Use the Tab, Arrow and Enter buttons to use the Properties window. You can also press Alt along with an underlined character that appears in the Properties window to activate an option.

For example, the "Advanced" button is displayed as "A d vanced …" with "d" underlined. This means you can press Alt + D to activate it.

 File Explorer Properties window.

Display the preview and detail windows

To open and close the preview pane, which shows a preview of the currently selected file, press Alt + P.

To open and close the information window, which displays information about the selected file, press Alt + Shift + P.

Starting and closing Windows [19659004] To open a new File Explorer window, press Ctrl + N. To close the current File Explorer window , press Ctrl + W.

 Multiple windows in File Explorer.

Find more shortcuts

For more help, press Alt and release it. You see letters over the buttons on the band. You can press Alt together with the letter shown here to activate a button. For example, Alt + F opens the File menu.

If you press Alt + H, Alt + S, or Alt + V to select the Home, Share, or View tabs, you will see a list of shortcuts for the actions on that section of the tape.

 File Explorer showing shortcuts for the Home band.

As usual in Windows applications, you can also repeatedly press the Tab key to cycle between portions of the interface using the arrow keys and the Enter key to navigate and activate buttons. Press Shift + Tab to cycle the reverse. With the main window highlighted, for example, you can press Shift + Tab to focus the left sidebar, use the arrow keys to select a folder, and press Enter to open it.

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