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.
How to use the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut
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.
If you want to directly open the Replace option, use the Ctrl+H shortcut.
Ctrl+F in Outlook
Ctrl+F in Microsoft PowerPoint
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.
Related keyboard shortcuts and keys
Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.