Keyboard shortcuts for OneDrive

Many users find that keyboard shortcuts for OneDrive help them to work more efficiently, because they can keep their hands on the keyboard instead of switching between the mouse and keyboard to accomplish tasks. For users with impaired mobility or vision, keyboard shortcuts are an essential alternative to using the mouse.

Notes: 

  • OneDrive is a web-based application which works in the cloud, and you access and navigate through your files and folders with your web browser.

  • When you work in OneDrive, we recommend that you use Internet Explorer as your browser.

Note: This topic assumes that JAWS users have turned off the Virtual Ribbon Menu feature.

In this topic

Frequently used shortcuts

This table itemizes the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts in OneDrive.

To do this

Press

Display the Keyboard shortcuts window

?

Note: To use this shortcut, turn off your screen reader

Move among OneDrive regions

Tab or Shift+Tab

Move between the web browser bar and the OneDrive title bar

F6 or Shift+F6

Select the adjacent item

Up arrow, Down arrow, Right arrow, or Left arrow key

Select all files and folders when the focus is in the contents grid

Ctrl+A

Clear all or navigate to the previous folder

Esc

Select or clear the selection of a file or folder

Spacebar

Upload an item

U

Note: To use this shortcut, turn off JAWS

Download a selected item

Ctrl+S

Share a selected file or folder

S

Note: To use this shortcut, turn off JAWS

Refresh the window

F5

Switch between the List and Thumbnails view of the contents grid

V

Get started

The shortcuts in this article refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.

If a shortcut requires pressing two or more keys at the same time, this topic separates the keys with a plus sign (+). If you have to press one key immediately after another, the keys are separated by a comma (,).

OneDrive runs in your web browser, so it does not use accelerator keys or KeyTips. For example, pressing Alt moves the focus to the browser menu bar, and familiar shortcuts, like Ctrl+P (Print) and F1 (Help), run browser commands rather than OneDrive commands.

To cycle through OneDrive regions, press the Tab key (forward) and Shift+Tab (backward). To select an item, press Enter. To browse within menus or lists, press the Up arrow or Down arrow key, and then, to make a selection, press Enter. To exit a menu or mode, press Esc.

The Tab key navigation cycle order is:

  • Web browser controls

  • OneDrive title bar

  • Menu bar

  • Contents grid file pane

  • Footer

Navigate OneDrive

To do this

Press

Move among OneDrive regions

Tab key or Shift+Tab

Move between the web browser address bar and the OneDrive title bar

F6 or Shift+F6

Move to the menu bar

Tab key until the focus is on the menu bar, and then, to move among the commands, press the Right arrow key or Left arrow key

Give the Open command to open a selected file

Tab key until the focus is on the menu bar, and then, to select the Open command, press Enter

With no file selected, open the Sort menu

Tab key until the focus is on the menu bar, and then the Right arrow key until the Sort command is selected

Move through the tree view navigation pane

Up arrow key or Down arrow key

Move through the contents grid file pane

Up arrow key or Down arrow key

Select and clear items

To do this

Press

Select the adjacent item

Up arrow, Down arrow, Right arrow, or Left arrow key

Select all files and folders when the focus is in the contents grid

Ctrl+A

Clear all or navigate to the previous folder

Esc

Select or clear the selection of a file or folder in the contents grid

Spacebar

Change or expand available information

To do this

Press

Refresh the window

F5

Display or hide the Details pane

I

Switch between the List and Thumbnails view of the contents grid

V

In the List view of the contents grid, get details about a selected file, including date and time modified and file type

Up arrow key or Down arrow key

Display keyboard shortcuts

?

Give commands

To do this

Press

Open a selected file or folder

Enter

Create a new file or folder when nothing is selected

N

Create a new folder

Shift+F

Upload a file

U

Download a selected item

Ctrl+S

Rename a selected file or folder

F2

Share a selected file or folder

S

Delete a selected file or folder

Delete

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