Keyboard Shortcuts

A list of all the default keyboard shortcuts for Everything and how to customize them.

Search edit shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts that can be used when the search edit has focus.

Shortcut key Action
Ctrl + A Select all text.
Ctrl + Backspace Delete previous word.
Ctrl + Space Complete search. Requires search history.
Enter Focus result list and select the item with the highest run count.
Focus result list.
Alt + Up
Alt + Down
Show search history.
Double Click Select word
Triple Click Select all

Result list shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts that can be used when the result list has focus.

Shortcut key Action
F2 Rename the focused item.
Delete Move selected items to the recycle bin.
Left Scroll left.
Right Scroll right.
Ctrl + Left Scroll left one page.
Ctrl + Right Scroll right one page.
Shift + Delete Permanently delete selected items.
Enter Open the selected items.
Ctrl + Enter Open the path of the selected item.
Alt + Enter Display properties of the selected items.
Ctrl + + auto adjust column widths.
Page Up
Page Down
Navigate item focus and selection.
Shift + Up
Shift + Down
Shift + Page Up
Shift + Page Down
Shift + Home
Shift + End
Extend item selection.
Ctrl + Up
Ctrl + Down
Ctrl + Page Up
Ctrl + Page Down
Ctrl + Home
Ctrl + End
Navigate item focus.
Ctrl + Shift + Up
Ctrl + Shift + Down
Ctrl + Shift + Page Up
Ctrl + Shift + Page Down
Ctrl + Shift + Home
Ctrl + Shift + End
Extend item selection, keeping the current selection.
Ctrl + Space Toggle item selection.
Escape Cancel any current actions.
Ctrl + A Selected all items.
Ctrl + C
Ctrl + Insert
Copy selected items.
Ctrl + E Read the file size, date and attributes of the current selection. May be useful before exporting all sizes, dates and attributes.
Ctrl + V
Shift + Insert
Paste items from the clipboard into the selected folder.
Ctrl + X Cut selected items.
Ctrl + Shift + C Copy the full path and name of the current selection to the clipboard.
Shift + F10 Display item context menu for the current selection. Displays the result list context menu if no selection.
Any character Adds a character to the jump to text.
Backspace Remove the last character in the jump to text.

Global keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts that can be used when an Everything search window has focus.

Shortcut key Action
Ctrl + W
Close the Everything window.
F1 Show the Everything help.
Ctrl + F
Focus and highlight the search edit.
F5 Reload icons, file sizes, dates and attributes.
F11 Toggle fullscreen.
Ctrl + Tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab
Cycle between open windows.
Shift + Tab
Cycle between search edit and results view.
Escape Close the current window.
Alt + 1 Resize the window to 512 x 398.
Alt + 2 Resize the window to 640 x 497.
Alt + 3 Resize the window to 768 x 597.
Alt + 4 Auto size the window.
Ctrl + ` Toggle debug console.
Ctrl + F1 Show About Everything.
Ctrl + 1 Sort by name.
Ctrl + 2 Sort by path.
Ctrl + 3 Sort by size.
Ctrl + 4 Sort by extension.
Ctrl + 5 Sort by type.
Ctrl + 6 Sort by date modified.
Ctrl + 7 Sort by date created.
Ctrl + 8 Sort by attributes.
Ctrl + 9 Sort by date recently changed.
Ctrl + Shift + 2 Toggle path column.
Ctrl + Shift + 3 Toggle size column.
Ctrl + Shift + 4 Toggle extension column.
Ctrl + Shift + 5 Toggle type column.
Ctrl + Shift + 6 Toggle date modified column.
Ctrl + Shift + 7 Toggle date created column.
Ctrl + Shift + 8 Toggle attributes column.
Ctrl + Shift + 9 Toggle date recently changed column.
Ctrl + B Toggle match whole word.
Ctrl + D Bookmark the current search.
Ctrl + I Toggle match case.
Ctrl + M Toggle match diacritics.
Ctrl + N Open a new search window.
Ctrl + O Open an Everything file list.
Ctrl + P Show the Options window.
Ctrl + Q Exit Everything.
Ctrl + R Toggle Regex.
Ctrl + S Export the current results to an Everything file list, csv or txt file.
Ctrl + T Toggle always on top.
Ctrl + U Toggle match path.
Ctrl + + Increase text size.
Ctrl + - Decrease text size.
Ctrl + 0 Reset text size to Normal.
Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Up
Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Down
Change view.
Alt + Home Go to the home search.
Alt + Left Arrow
Go back to the previous search.
Alt + Right Arrow
Go forward to the next search.
Ctrl + Shift + F Organize filters.
Ctrl + Shift + B Organize bookmarks.


The Everything search window can be shown by pressing a hotkey.

Hotkeys can be used anywhere in Windows.

There are three different methods for opening the Everything window with a hotkey:

Method Description
New window Always show a new Everything search window.
Show window Show the Everything search window if one exists, otherwise create a new Everything search window.
Toggle window Hide the Everything search window if it is currently in the foreground, otherwise show the Everything search window if one exists, otherwise create a new Everything search window.

To define a Hotkey to open Everything:

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the Keyboard tab.
  • Choose a hotkey method.
  • Press a new key combination.
  • Click OK.

Note: Everything must be running in the background for hotkeys to work.

Note: You can not override any existing hotkey.


To customize keyboard shortcuts:

  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the Keyboard tab.
  • Use Show commands containing: to search for a command
  • Click Add... to add a new keyboard shortcut or click Edit... to edit an existing one.
  • Select a location to use the shortcut in:
  • Location Description
    Global The shortcut will work anywhere in the Everything search window.
    Search Edit The shortcut will only work when pressed in the search edit.
    Result List The shortcut will only work when pressed in the result list.
  • Press a new keyboard shortcut for shortcut key.
  • Check shortcut key currently used by, this existing shortcut (if any) will be removed if you click OK.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK.

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