How to use the Ctrl+F shortcut key
On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."
Ctrl+F in an Internet browser
In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+F opens the find option and allows you to find text on the current page. This shortcut is extremely helpful when trying to find specific text on a page containing a lot of text.
Ctrl+F in Excel and other spreadsheet programs
In Microsoft Excel and all other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+F opens the find window to find any text within a spreadsheet. In Excel, this shortcut opens the Find and Replace window that can also replace found text with other text.
If you want to directly open the Replace option, use the Ctrl+H shortcut.
Ctrl+F in Outlook
Ctrl+F in Microsoft PowerPoint
In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+F shortcut key opens the find window.
Ctrl+F in Word and other word processors
In Microsoft Word, Ctrl+F opens the search box in the Navigation task pane that allows you to search for text in the current document. In other word processor and text editor programs, Ctrl+F opens a find option to find text in the current document or file.
Related keyboard shortcuts
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