Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+F5 keyboard shortcut

Alternatively called Control+F5 and C-f5, Ctrl+F5 is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to perform a hard refresh in most browsers. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Ctrl+F5 keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl key, and while continuing to hold, press the F5 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+F5 for this keyboard shortcut to work.

Ctrl+F5 on a Chromebook

Pressing Ctrl+F5 on a Chromebook takes a screenshot.


Use the Ctrl+Shift+F5 shortcut to take a partial screenshot.

Ctrl+F5 in an Internet browser

In most Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+F5 performs a hard refresh.

Ctrl+F5 in Microsoft Excel

Restores the window size of Microsoft Excel.

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

Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms