Updated: 05/01/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Alt+F7 keyboard shortcut

Ctrl+Alt+F7 or Alt+Ctrl+F7 is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to switch between open console windows in Linux. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Ctrl+Alt+F7 keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl and Alt key, and while continuing to hold, press the F7 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+F7 for this keyboard shortcut to work.

Ctrl+Alt+F7 in Linux

In some early variants of Linux, pressing Ctrl+Alt+F7 returns to the window manager (graphical desktop).

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

Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms