90+ Best Excel CTRL Shortcuts

90+ Best Excel CTRL Shortcuts | Useful Keyboard Shortcuts |


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Microsoft Excel offers a couple of Excel Shortcut Keys with the help of a keyboard (also known as Keyboard Shortcuts) which handling its features and commands smartly to customize the Excel activity. The CTRL key is one of the important hotkeys in Excel that combines with other keys to make more than 90 Excel Ctrl Shortcuts. Broadly, the hotkeys are well known as shortcut keys.

In this tutorial, we suggest every Excel user make the Ctrl shortcuts handy after repeated practices. These excel shortcuts evenly used in any Windows version including Windows 10. 

I. WHAT ARE THE EXCEL SHORTCUT KEYS / KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS?

Excel shortcut keys or keyboard shortcuts may be the key or combination of keys, after using them Excel allows users to access a particular feature, or perform a command quickly to customize the Excel activity. Every Excel user should know about Excel Ctrl Shortcut keys, Excel Alt Shortcut keys

II. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS?

➢ Ctrl keyboard shortcuts allow us to perform many commonly used commands very easily.

For example, Ctrl+S is the keyboard shortcut for the Save command, which means users hold down the CTRL key, then press the S key to save the workbook. Otherwise, we should follow the following steps: File ⇨ Save.

Similarly, Excel shortcut Ctrl+N allows creating a New Workbook command. Otherwise, we should follow the following steps: File ⇨ New ⇨ Blank Workbook.

➢ Ctrl shortcut keys quickly perform to manage a range of cells in a worksheet or between worksheets.

For example, we can easily cut (Ctrl+X), copy (Ctrl+C), paste (Ctrl+V) of a range of cells. We can insert a row or column (Ctrl++) or delete (Ctrl+-) easily. 

Similarly, we can move one worksheet (tab) to another worksheet (tab) by using Excel Ctrl shortcuts Ctrl+Page Down (move to the right side) and Ctrl+Page Up (Move to the left side).  

The main motto of using Excel Ctrl shortcuts is to customize the Excel activity rapidly other than using a mouse input device.

III. MAJOR TYPES OF EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS / CTRL KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS

There are six types of Excel CTRL shortcuts as follows: 

(A) TYPE 1: EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS WITH ALPHABET KEYS

• Ctrl+A / Ctrl+Shift+* (Asterisk) ➪ Select All

One-time press to select the entire range of active cells in a dataset, second-time press to select the entire worksheet.

In a blank worksheet, it selects the entire worksheet.

⇒ FAQs: What is a shortcut key for select all?  What is the ‘select all’ keyboard shortcut?

Ctrl+A-step1

Ctrl+A-step2

• Ctrl+B / Ctrl+2 ➪ Apply or remove the Bold formatting

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Font ⇨ B (Bold)

CtrlB or Ctrl2

• Ctrl+C ➪ Copy the selection

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Clipboard ⇨ Copy

• Ctrl+D ➪ Fill Down

Both the Formula and the Value copy down from the above cell(s).

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Editing ⇨ Fill ⇨ Down

Ctrl+D

• Ctrl+E ➪ Flash Fill

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Editing ⇨ Fill ⇨ Flash Fill

⇒ FAQs: What is the function of excel CTRL E? 

CTRL+E

• Ctrl+F / Shift+F5 ➪ Display the Find dialog box.

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Editing ⇨ Find & Select ⇨ Find

⇒ FAQs: What is the find shortcut key?

CTRL+F

• Ctrl+G / F5 ➪ Display the Go To dialog box.

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Editing ⇨ Find & Select ⇨ Go To

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL G excel? 

CTRL+G

• Ctrl+H ➪ Display the Find and Replace dialog box.

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Editing ⇨ Find & Select ⇨ Replace

⇒ FAQs: What is the replace shortcut key?   What is the function of CTRL H in excel?

Step-1: Select the range and open the Find and Replace dialog box by using Ctrl+H

CTRL+H_01

Step-2: Type hyphen “” in the “Find what” box and place an asterisk “*” in the “Replace with” box and press the ‘Replace All‘ button.

CTRL+H_02

■ Note: We had detail explained on the Find and Replace in a separate tutorial. Request you read this tutorial: 07 Points Guided You How to Find And Replace in Excel?

• Ctrl+I / Ctrl+3 ➪ Apply or remove the Italic formatting.

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Font ⇨ I (Italic)

Ctrl+I or Ctrl+3

• Ctrl+K Insert Hyperlink

Equivalent to Insert ⇨ Links ⇨ Hyperlink

⇒ FAQs: What is the hyperlink shortcut key?

Ctrl+K

• Ctrl+L / Ctrl+T  Convert database into a Table.

Equivalent to Insert ⇨ Tables ⇨ Table

Note: Before applying the convert to Table shortcut, we should select the entire dataset by pressing Ctrl+A then apply Ctrl+L or Ctrl+T

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL T excel?  What does the function of CTRL T in excel? 

Ctrl+T or Ctrl+L(1)

Ctrl+T or Ctrl+L(2)

• Ctrl+Shift+L / Alt+D+F+F (Sequentially press Alt, D, F, F)  Apply or Remove the Filter controls in a table or range

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Editing ⇨ Sort & Filter ⇨ Filter

Note: It is always a good practice to apply the filter after selecting the entire dataset: first select the heading by Shift+Spacebar ⇨ then extend the selection downward till the end of the dataset by Ctrl+Shift+↓

⇒ FAQs: What is the excel filter shortcut?  What does the function of CTRL SHIFT L excel? 

Ctrl+Shift+L or Alt+D+F+F

• Ctrl+N  Create a New Workbook

Equivalent to File ⇨ New ⇨ Blank Workbook

⇒ FAQs: What is the new tab shortcut?  What does the function of CTRL N in excel? 

CTRL+N

• Ctrl+O / Ctrl+F12 Open the Save Workbook

Equivalent to File ⇨ Open

CTRL+O

• Ctrl+P / Ctrl+F2 / Ctrl+Shift+F12 Print Preview 

Equivalent to File ⇨ Print

⇒ FAQs: What is a print shortcut key?  What is a print preview shortcut key? 

Ctrl+F2 or Ctrl+P or Ctrl+Shift+F12

• Ctrl+R ➪ Fill to the Right

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Editing ⇨ Fill ⇨ Fill Right

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL R in excel?

CTRL+R

• Ctrl+S / Alt+Shift+F2 ➪ Save the active workbook

Equivalent to File ⇨ Save

Note: While we work with a database, we shouldn’t wait till the completion of the database. It is always a good practice to save the database/workbook frequently so that, in the event of sudden power off or accidentally system crash, we will only lose a small portion of data and get all the last saved data.

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL S excel? 

• Ctrl+U / Ctrl+4  Apply or remove an Underline

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Font ⇨ U (Underline)

Ctrl+U or Ctrl+4

• Ctrl+V  Paste the selection

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Clipboard ⇨ Paste

⇒ FAQs: What is the shortcut key for paste?

Example 1: Ctrl+C (Copy) ⇨ Ctrl+V (Paste)

CTRL+C AND CTRL+V

Example 2: Ctrl+X (Cut) ⇨ Ctrl+V (Paste)

CTRL+X AND CTRL+V

• Ctrl+W Close only the current workbook

Equivalent to File ⇨ Close

• Ctrl+F4 Close all the workbooks

Note: If there are a number of workbooks open for working purposes, it is always good practice to close them one by one by pressing Ctrl+W. The benefit is that the user can choose the option which files want to save or not. 

If we go with the Alt+F4, it allows us to close all the workbooks at a time. If the files are saved, close them at a time. Otherwise, for unsaved workbooks, by default open the Save As option in each case. 

⇒ FAQs: What is the shortcut key to close a window? 

• Ctrl+X ➪ Cut the selection

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Clipboard ⇨ Cut

• Ctrl+Y ➪ Redo the last undo

Note: Only activate after undoing an action.

⇒ FAQs: What is the redo keyboard shortcut?    What is the redo shortcut in excel?   What does the function of CTRL Y excel?

• Ctrl+Z / Alt+Backspace Undo the last command or action

Note: Both undo and redo allow Excel users to choose from among the last 16 actions.

⇒ FAQs: What is the undo keyboard shortcut?  What is the undo shortcut in Excel?  What does the function of CTRL Z excel?

(B) TYPE 2: EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS WITH NUMERIC KEYS

• Ctrl+1 ➪ Displays the Format Cells dialog box for the selected cell or range

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Number ⇨ Number Format settings

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Alignment ⇨ Alignment settings

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of  CTRL 1 excel? 

Ctrl+1

• Ctrl+2 / Ctrl+B ➪ Apply or remove the Bold formatting

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Font ⇨ B (Bold)

• Ctrl+3 / Ctrl+I ➪ Apply or remove the Italic formatting

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Font ⇨ I (Italic)

• Ctrl+4 / Ctrl+U ➪ Apply or remove an Underline

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Font ⇨ U (Underline)

• Ctrl+5 ➪ Apply or remove strikethrough

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Font ⇨ Font Settings ⇨  Strikethrough

⇒ FAQs: What is an Excel strikethrough shortcut? 

Ctrl+5

• Ctrl+6 ➪ Cycles among various ways of displaying objects on a worksheet

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL 6 excel?  

• Ctrl+9 Hide Rows

Note: Selects the entire row(s) want to hide by Shift+Spacebar ➪ then apply Ctrl+9

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL 9 excel? 

Ctrl+9

• Ctrl+0 ➪ Hide Columns

Note: Selects the entire column(s) want to hide by Ctrl+Spacebar ➪ then apply Ctrl+). 

⇒ FAQs:  What is an Excel hiding shortcut? 

Ctrl+0

(C) TYPE 3: EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS WITH PUNCTUATION KEYS

• Ctrl+ ; (Semicolon) ➪ Insert the Current Date

⇒ FAQs: What is a date shortcut in excel?

• Ctrl + Shift + ; (Semicolon) / Ctrl + : (Colon) ➪ Insert the Current Time

Ctrl+Semicolon and Ctrl+Colon

• Ctrl + ‘ (Single Quotation Mark) Copy the formula from Cell Above

• Ctrl + ” (Double Quotation Mark)  Copy Value from Cell Above

Ctrl+'(Single quotation) and Ctrl+

• Ctrl + + (Plus)  Insert columns/rows whatever selected

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Cells ⇨ Insert ⇨ Insert Sheet Columns

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Cells ⇨ Insert ⇨ Insert Sheet Rows

Note:

(i) When we try to insert column(s), it is good practice to select the particular column(s) by Ctrl+Spacebar before which we want to insert the new column(s), then press Ctrl + +

(ii) Similarly, when we try to insert row(s), it is good practice to select the particular row(s) by Shift+Spacebar before which we want to insert the new row(s), then press Ctrl + +.   

⇒ FAQs:  What is the insert row shortcut?   What does the insert column excel shortcut?  What is the shortcut to add rows in excel?

Example 1: Insert column(s) using by Ctrl+ +

Insert columns by Ctrl++

 

Example 2: Insert Row(s) using by Ctrl+ +

Insert rows by Ctrl++

• Ctrl + – (Minus)  Delete column(s) / row(s) whatever selected

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Cells ⇨ Delete ⇨ Delete Sheet Columns

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Cells ⇨ Delete ⇨ Delete Sheet Rows

⇒ FAQs:  What is an excel delete row shortcut?

Example 1: Delete Column(s) using by Ctrl+ –

Delete columns by Ctrl+-

Example 2: Delete Row(s) using by Ctrl+ –

Delete rows by Ctrl+ -

(D) TYPE 4: EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS WITH FUNCTION KEYS

• Ctrl + Esc (Escape) ➪ Show the Windows Start Menu

Ctrl+Esc

• Ctrl + F1 ➪ Toggles the display of the ribbon for more space

⇒ FAQs: What is the function of CTRL F1?

Ctrl+F1

• Ctrl + Shift + F1  Toggles auto-hiding the ribbon
Ctrl+Shift+F1

• Ctrl + F2 / Ctrl + P  Print Preview

Equivalent to File ⇨ Print

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL F2 excel?

• Ctrl + F3  Define the Name of a selected range or a table.

Equivalent to Formulas ⇨ Defined Names ⇨ Name Manager

⇒ FAQs:  What does the function of CTRL F3 excel?

Ctrl+F3

• Ctrl + Shift + F3  Create Names from Selection

Equivalent to Formulas ⇨ Defined Names ⇨ Create from Selection

Ctrl+Shift+F3

• Ctrl + F4 ➪ Close all the active/open workbooks

Equivalent to File ⇨ Close

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL F4 excel? 

Ctrl+F4

• Ctrl + F5  Restore the individual active/open workbook window size

Ctrl+F5

• Ctrl + F6  Switch to the next workbook

⇒ FAQs: What does the function of CTRL F6 excel? 

Ctrl+F6

• Ctrl + Shift + F6  Switch to the previous workbook

Ctrl+Shift+F6

• Ctrl + F9  Minimize the individual open workbook to an icon

Note: Please remember that Windows+D minimizes all the active windows. 

⇒ FAQs: What is a minimize shortcut key?   What does the function of CTRL F9 excel? 

• Ctrl + F10  Maximize or restore the workbook window

• Ctrl + F11  Inset an Excel 4.0 Macro sheet

• Ctrl + F12 / Ctrl + O ➪ Open the Save Workbook.

Equivalent to the File ⇨ Open

• Ctrl + Shift + F12 / Ctrl + P / Ctrl + F2 ➪ Print Preview

Equivalent to the File ⇨ Print

(E) TYPE 5: EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS WITH NAVIGATION KEYS

• Ctrl + → (Right Navigation Arrow) ➪

1. Move right to the edge of a database 

2. If there is a blank cell, move right to the first non-blank cell

• Ctrl + ↓ (Down Navigation Arrow) ➪

1. Move down to the edge of a database 

2. If there is a blank cell, move down to the first non-blank cell

• Ctrl + ← (Left Navigation Arrow) ➪

1. Move left to the edge of a database 

2. If there is a blank cell, move left to the first non-blank cell

• Ctrl + ↑ (Up Navigation Arrow) ➪

1. Move up to the edge of a database 

2. If there is a blank cell, move up to the first non-blank cell

CTRL+NAVIGATION ARROW

• Ctrl + Page Down ➪  Move to the next worksheet

• Ctrl + Page Up ➪  Move to the previous worksheet

CTRL+PAGE UP, CTRL+PAGE DOWN

• Ctrl + Shift + Page Down ➪ Select the current and the next worksheet in a workbook

CTRL+SHIFT+PAGE DOWN

• Ctrl + Shift + Page Up ➪ Select the current and the previous worksheet in a workbook

CTRL+SHIFT+PAGE UP

• Shift + Page Down ➪ Extend the selection down one screen (Vertically move)

• Shift + Page Up ➪ Extend the selection up one screen (Vertically move)

SHIFT+PAGE DOWN, SHIFT+PAGE UP

• Ctrl + Home ➪ Move to the first cell (A1) from any cell in the worksheet 

CTRL+HOME

• Ctrl + End ➪ Move to the last non-empty cell of the worksheet (defined as the intersection of the last used column and last used row in an active worksheet)

(F) TYPE 6: EXCEL CTRL SHORTCUTS WITH SHIFT KEY & SYMBOL KEYS

• Ctrl + Shift + ~ (Tilde) ➪  Apply the General Number Format

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+~

• Ctrl + Shift + ! ➪  Apply the Comma Format with two decimal places

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Number ⇨ , (Comma Style) icon

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+!

• Ctrl + Shift + # ➪  Apply the Date Format (DD-MMM-YY)

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+#

• Ctrl + Shift + @ ➪ Apply the Time Format (hour, minute, a.m./p.m.)

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+@

• Ctrl + Shift + $ ➪ Apply the Currency format with two decimal places

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Number ⇨ $ (Accounting Number Format) icon

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+$

• Ctrl + Shift + % ➪ Apply the Percent Format with no decimal places

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Number ⇨ % (Percent Style) icon

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+%

• Ctrl + Shift + & (Ampersand) ➪  Apply Outside Borders to a range selection

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Borders drop-down under ‘Font’ group ⇨ Outside Borders

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+&

• Ctrl + Shift + _ (Underscore) ➪ Remove all Borders for the range selection

Equivalent to Home ⇨ Borders drop-down under ‘Font’ group ⇨ No Border

Excel Shortcut Ctrl+Shift+_
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