Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Apple Command key, plus sign, and the letter N

Alternatively written Cmd+N, Command+N is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to create a new document, window, workbook, or other types of file. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Command+N keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Command key, and while continuing to hold, press N.

Command+N in macOS

In Apple macOS, pressing Command+N opens the Recents folder.

Command+N in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari), pressing Command+N opens a new application window.


To open a new tab in the same window, you can use the Command+T keyboard shortcut.

Command+N in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and most other spreadsheet programs, pressing Command+N creates a new blank worksheet.

Command+N in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Command+N keyboard shortcut opens a new blank slide deck in another PowerPoint program window.

Command+N in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Command+N creates a new document.

Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.

Cmd, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, N, New