Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Alt+F2 keyboard shortcut

Ctrl+Alt+F2 or Alt+Ctrl+F2 is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to open a document in Microsoft Word. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Ctrl+Alt+F2 keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl and Alt key, and while continuing to hold, press the F2 key.


If you're using a laptop or keyboard with an fn key, you may need to press the fn key first or press Ctrl+Alt+Fn+F2 for this keyboard shortcut to work.

Ctrl+Alt+F2 in Linux

With some early variants of Linux, pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 switches to the second/first open console window (virtual terminal).


With recent versions of Linux, the GUI (graphical user interface) is loaded as the first virtual terminal instead of the seventh one.


Using Alt+ and Alt+ is an easier method of navigating between virtual terminals.

Ctrl+Alt+F2 in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, pressing Ctrl+Alt+F2 opens a document.

Ctrl+Alt+F2 in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, Ctrl+Alt+F2 opens existing slide deck.

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

Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms