Alt+Enter

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Alt+Enter

Alt+Enter is a shortcut key most often used to create a new line in a Microsoft Excel cell.

How to use the Alt+Enter shortcut key

To use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Enter, press and hold either Alt key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the Enter key with the same hand or the other hand.

Alt+Enter in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel, pressing Alt+Enter creates a new line in a Microsoft Excel cell.

Using Alt+Enter in Internet browsers

In all major Internet browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera) pressing Alt+Enter opens a search in a new tab. For example, if you type "computer help" in the address bar or search bar and then press Alt+Enter a search for "computer help" opens in a new tab.

Alt+Enter in Windows

In Windows, press Alt+Enter when any file, shortcut, or other object is highlighted to open the Properties window for that object.

Alt+Enter in the Windows command line

In early versions of Microsoft Windows (Windows XP and lower), pressing the Alt+Enter key would resize the Windows command line from a window to a full screen. More recent versions of Windows no longer support this shortcut key.

Alt+Enter in TextPad

In TextPad, pressing Alt+Enter opens the document properties that displays statistics such as the characters, words, and lines in the document.

Below are links to related keyboard key and keyboard shortcut pages.

Alt, End key, Keyboard terms, Shortcut key