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

Alternatively written as Control+Esc and C-Esc, Ctrl+Esc is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to open the Start menu in Microsoft Windows. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

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