Updated: 08/16/2021 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 whose function varies depending on the program. For example, with text editors, Ctrl+H is used to find and replace a character, word, or phrase. However, in an Internet browser, Ctrl+H opens the history tool.


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, IE), 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 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