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

Alternatively referred to as Control+Esc and C-Esc, Ctrl+Esc is a keyboard shortcut that opens the Start menu in Microsoft Windows.

How to use the Ctrl+Esc keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+Esc in Raspbian

In Raspbian, pressing Ctrl+Esc opens the system menu.

Ctrl+Esc in Windows

In all versions of Windows since Windows 95, Ctrl+Esc opens the Windows Start menu. In Windows 3.1, it would open the task list.

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

Ctrl, Esc, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms