Ctrl+F

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+F

Alternatively known as Control+F and C-f, Ctrl+F is a keyboard shortcut most often used to open a find box to locate a specific character, word, or phrase in a document or web page.

Tip

On Apple computers, the keyboard shortcut for find Command+F.

How to use the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl key, and while continuing to hold, press F.

Ctrl+F in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+F opens the find box that allows you to search for characters, text, and phrases on the current page. This shortcut is extremely helpful when trying to find specific text in a long document or article.

Ctrl+F in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+F opens the find box that allows you to search for characters, text, and phrases within a spreadsheet. In Excel specifically, this shortcut opens the Find and Replace window to replace found text with other text.

Note

If you want to directly open the Replace option, use the Ctrl+H shortcut.

Ctrl+F in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+F forwards an e-mail.

Ctrl+F in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut opens the find window.

Ctrl+F in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word, and other word processors and text editors, Ctrl+F opens a find box that allows you to search for characters, text, and phrases in the current document. In Word specifically, Ctrl+F opens a search box in the Navigation task pane.

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

Ctrl, F, Find, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, Search