Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control E and C-e, Ctrl+E is a shortcut key that varies depending on the program. For example, in many Internet browsers, Ctrl+E is used to focus on the address or search bar.

How to use the Ctrl+E shortcut key

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the "E" key with either hand.


On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."

Ctrl+E in an Internet browser

In Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, Ctrl+E focuses on the address bar, search bar, or omnibox depending on your browser. Using this shortcut can be helpful when you're done reading the current page and want to type a new address or search for something else without using the mouse.

In Opera, the Ctrl+E shortcut is used to write a new message.

Ctrl+E in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+E shortcut key aligns the line or selected text to the center of the slide.

Ctrl+E in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+E aligns the line or selected text to the center of the page.

Ctrl+E in Google Sheets

In Google Sheets, pressing Ctrl+E collapses an expanded array formula.

Using Ctrl+E with Skype

In Skype, pressing Ctrl+E hangs up the current call.

Below are links to related keyboard key and keyboard shortcut pages.

Address bar, Ctrl, E, Keyboard terms, Shortcut key