Updated: 05/01/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+H or Control+H keyboard shortcut

Alternatively written as Control+H, ^h, and C-h, Ctrl+H is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to find and replace a character, word, or phrase. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.


On Apple computers, this keyboard shortcut is performed using Command+H.

How to use the Ctrl+H keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+H in an Internet browser

In most Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer), pressing Ctrl+H opens the browser's history.

Ctrl+H in word processors and text editors

In word processors and text editors, Ctrl+H opens the find and replace tool that lets you search for a character, word, or phrase and replace it with something else.


If you only want to find text and not replace, use the Ctrl+F shortcut.

Ctrl+H in Microsoft Excel

Pressing Ctrl+H while in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet opens the find and replace tool.


The Shift+F5 keyboard shortcut performs the same function.

Ctrl+H in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, in the Slide Show view, Ctrl+H hides the cursor or any activated tools, like the pen or highlighter.

Ctrl+H in Windows calculator

When used in the Microsoft Windows calculator, pressing Ctrl+H displays the history of everything entered into the calculator.

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

Ctrl, H, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, Replace