Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control Enter and C-Enter, Ctrl+Enter is a shortcut key that varies depending on the program being used. For example, in Microsoft Word this shortcut creates a page break.

How to use the Ctrl+Enter

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


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

Ctrl+Enter in an Internet browser

All major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, IE, Opera) pressing Ctrl+Enter while typing in an URL (address) autocompletes the address. For example, in the address bar if you type "computerhope" and then do the Ctrl+Enter shortcut the address will become "www.computerhope.com" and open the Computer Hope website in the current tab.


This keyboard shortcut only works for .com addresses.

Ctrl+Enter in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel, pressing Ctrl+Enter fills the selected cells with the current entry.

Ctrl+Enter in Google Sheets

In Google Sheets, pressing Ctrl+Enter creates a new line in the same cell.

Ctrl+Enter in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook, press Ctrl+Enter to send the e-mail you're composing.

Ctrl+Enter in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+Enter adds a page break at the cursors current position instead of a new paragraph.

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

Ctrl, Home key, Keyboard terms, Shortcut key