Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+H or Control+H

Alternatively referred to as Control+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 allows you to 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, the Ctrl+H keyboard shortcut hides the cursor or any activated tools, like the pen or highlighter.

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

Ctrl, H, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, Replace