New keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11

Windows 11 comes with many new features and improvements, among which there are several new keyboard shortcuts. So far, Microsoft released only one official preview build, so in the future, the list of new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11 may expand.


Keyboard shortcuts, also known as hotkeys, is a great way to save your time and improve your productivity. Instead of clicking through apps, menus, and options, you can simply press a key sequence, and voila, the required functionality is right under your fingers.

New keyboard shortcuts complement fresh features in Windows 11. They let you quickly open the new Windows Widgets panel, control/notification center, and snap layouts.

New shortcuts in Windows 11

Control and notification center shortcuts in Windows 11

Windows 11 Quick Settings Control Center

In Windows 10, the control center and notification center are one thing (Win + A.) In Windows 11, Microsoft has split those two parts into different spaces.

Windows 11 Notification Center 1

You can now launch the control center with quick settings independently from the notification center and vice versa.

  • The shortcut to open the control center in Windows 11 is Win + A.
  • The shortcut to open the notification center in Windows 11 is Win + N.

Windows Widgets shortcut in Windows 11

Windows 11 Widgets B22000

In Windows 10, the News and Interest panel has no dedicated shortcut (and nobody likes News and Interest too.) Windows Widgets intends to improve News and Interests by making it more convenient and useful. You can launch Windows Widgets in Windows 11 by clicking the dedicated button on the taskbar or swiping from the left side of the screen. Plus, there is a new shortcut.

  • The shortcut to open the Windows Widgets in Windows 11 is Win + W.

Snap Layouts shortcut in Windows 11

Windows 11 Snap Layouts

Snap Layouts (and Snap Assist) is a new feature to enhance multitasking and window management. You can invoke Snap Assist by hovering the cursor over the maximize button (the one between close and minimize buttons) or pressing a dedicated shortcut.

  • The shortcut to launch Snap Assist in Windows 11 is Win + Z.

Those are all new shortcuts in Windows 11 to supercharge your productivity.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple.

One thought on “New keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11”

  1. Thank you, Sergey. The question is – how to selectively disable them. The new keys don’t follow the Win+10 registry settings.

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