Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+H or Control H

Alternatively referred to as Control H and C-h, Ctrl+H is a shortcut key that varies depending on the program being used. For example, in most text programs, Ctrl+H is used to find and replace text in a file. In an Internet browser, Ctrl+H may open the history.

How to use the Ctrl+H shortcut key

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+H, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the "H" key with either hand.


On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."

Ctrl+H in an Internet browser

On most Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, IE), pressing Ctrl+H opens the browser history.

Ctrl+H in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, Ctrl+H opens the find and replace feature that allows you to find any text and replace it with any other text.


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 shortcut key hides the cursor or any activated tools, like the pen or highlighter tool.

Below are links to related keyboard key and keyboard shortcut pages.

Ctrl, H, Keyboard terms, Replace, Shortcut key