Updated: 05/01/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+F1 keyboard shortcut

Alternatively called Control+F1 and C-f1, Ctrl+F1 is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to show and hide the Microsoft Office Ribbon or task pane. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Ctrl+F1 keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl key, and while continuing to hold, press the F1 key.


If you're using a laptop or keyboard with an fn key, you may need to press the fn key first or press Ctrl+Fn+F1 for this keyboard shortcut to work.

Ctrl+F1 in Microsoft Office programs

Pressing Ctrl+F1 while in a Microsoft Office program (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, and Word) shows and hides the Ribbon or task pane.

Ctrl+F1 with WordPerfect

Pressing Ctrl+F1 while a document is open runs a spell check in Corel WordPerfect.

Ctrl+F1 in online programs

In many online programs (e.g., Microsoft Teams on the web), Ctrl+F1 opens help since F1 alone would open the help for the browser.

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

Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms