Accessibility Use Access Keys for XAML context menu in File Explorer in Windows 11

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This tutorial will show you how to use access key shortcuts for the XAML context menu in File Explorer and on the desktop in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22621.1928, Microsoft added access key shortcuts into the XAML context menu in File Explorer. An access key is a one keystroke shortcut that allows a keyboard user to quickly execute a command in context menu. Each access key will correspond with a letter in the display name. It is part of Microsoft's effort to make File Explorer more accessible.

Here's How:

1 Select an item (file, folder, drive, library) in File Explorer (Win+E) or on the desktop (Win+D).

2 Press the menu key on your keyboard.

3 Press the key (ex: "H") on your keyboard for the action's (ex: "Open with") access key on the context menu you want to use.


That's it,
Shawn Brink

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