How to Set a Keyboard Shortcut to Open Folder on Windows 11?

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Those Windows 11 users who frequently open a specific folder can assign a keyboard shortcut to open your folder quickly. Once you assign a folder with a keyboard shortcut, you can quickly open them from the keyboard shortcut next time. Your folder may be available in any drive or within the folder; this workaround will work for all.

In this gearupwindows article, we’ll guide you on assigning your folders a custom keyboard shortcut on Windows 11.

How do Custom Keyboard Shortcuts work on Windows 11?

To make a keyboard shortcut for your specific folder, you will need to create a desktop shortcut. After that, you can easily assign that desktop shortcut a keyboard shortcut. Next time, when that assigned keyboard shortcut is pressed, your preferred folder opens in a File Explorer. This way, you don’t need to dive into local drives and find your preferred folder to open.

If you have several folders that you want to open with a keyboard shortcut, you’ll need to create desktop shortcuts for all those folders. Then put those desktop shortcuts in a folder on the desktop. This way, your desktop doesn’t get cluttered with so many folder shortcuts.

How to Compose a Keyboard Shortcut to Open a Folder on Windows 11?

Step 1. First, navigate to the File Explorer and find your folder for that you want to make a keyboard shortcut.

Step 2. Then right-click on the folder and select Show more options.

Step 3. After that, in the following menu, select Send To > Desktop (create shortcut).

Step 4. Now access the Desktop (shortcut keys Windows + D) and find your folder’s shortcut. Then right-click on the folder shortcut and choose Properties from the pop-up menu.

Step 5. In the Properties dialog, select Shortcut tab. After that, in Shortcut tab, click the Shortcut key field and press any key from the keyboard (A to Z and 1 to 0).

Windows will automatically add Ctrl + Alt in the keyboard shortcut.

Step 6 When you’re done, click the Apply button at the bottom.

Step 7. Finally, click the OK button to exit.

That’s it. When you want to open your preferred folder, press the key combination that you have assigned.

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