Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope

Alternatively known as Control+2 and C-2, Ctrl+2 is a keyboard shortcut most often used to switch to the second tab in an Internet browser or other programs with tab support.

How to use the Ctrl+2 keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl key, and while continuing to hold, press 2.


For this shortcut, you need to use the 2 key located above the top row keys, not on the numeric keypad.

Ctrl+2 in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel and all other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+2 toggles the bold text feature on and off for a cell.

Ctrl+2 in an Internet browser

With all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox), pressing Ctrl+2 switches to the second tab.

Ctrl+2 in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, pressing Ctrl+2 changes a line, paragraph, or all highlighted text to have double spacing.


You may also press Ctrl+1 to set the line spacing to single, or Ctrl+5 to set it to 1.5 spaces per line.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms