Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control F and C-f, Ctrl+F is a shortcut key most often used to open a find or search option to find text in the current document or page.

How to use the Ctrl+F shortcut key

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the "F" key with either hand.


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 replaces found text with other text.


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 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.

Below are links to related keyboard key and keyboard shortcut pages.

Ctrl, F, Find, Keyboard terms, Search, Shortcut key