Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut

Alternatively referred to as Control+B, ^b, and C-b, Ctrl+B is a keyboard shortcut often used to toggle bold text on and off.


On Apple computers, the keyboard shortcut for bold is Command+B or Command+Shift+B.

How to use the Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut

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

In many programs, this keyboard shortcut has two purposes: to change highlighted text to bold or unbold (depending on its current state), or start typing bold text at the cursor's location.

Ctrl+B in an Internet browser

The Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut can serve different purposes depending on the Internet browser. In Firefox and Netscape, Ctrl+B displays the bookmarks. In Internet Explorer, Ctrl+B displays the favorites folder.

Ctrl+B in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and all other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+B when a cell(s) is selected will bold or unbold it. If you're editing the contents of a cell with no selected text, Ctrl+B toggles bold on and off.

Ctrl+B in Microsoft PowerPoint

Pressing Ctrl+B in Microsoft PowerPoint bolds the highlighted text.

Ctrl+B in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, highlighting text and pressing Ctrl+B makes the text bold. If the text is already bold, pressing Ctrl+B unbolds the text. Pressing Ctrl+B without anything highlighted starts typing bold text at the cursor's location.

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

B, Bold, Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms