Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+F12 keyboard shortcut

Alternatively called Control+F12 and C-f12, Ctrl+F12 is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to open a document in Office programs. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Ctrl+F12 keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl key, and while continuing to hold, press the F12 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+F12 for this keyboard shortcut to work.

Ctrl+F12 in Microsoft Excel

Pressing Ctrl+F12 in Microsoft Excel opens a file in some versions of Excel.

Ctrl+F12 in Microsoft Word

Pressing Ctrl+F12 while in Microsoft Word opens a document.

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

Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms