Alternatively referred to as Control I and C-i, Ctrl+I is a shortcut key most often used to italicize and un-italicize text.
How to use the Ctrl+I shortcut key
With this keyboard shortcut, if no text is highlighted and the program you're using uses this key to italicize text, pressing the shortcut key turns on and off the italic feature. If text is highlighted, the highlighted text will become italic or un-italic, if already italicized.
On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."
Ctrl+I in an Internet browser
Ctrl+I in Excel and other spreadsheet programs
In Microsoft Excel and most other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+I when one or more cells is highlighted will italicize or un-italicize the selected cells. If editing the contents of a cell with no selected text, Ctrl+I turns on and off italic for all contents of the cell.
You can also use the Ctrl+3 shortcut to italicize text in Excel.
Ctrl+I in Microsoft PowerPoint
Pressing Ctrl+I in Microsoft PowerPoint does one of the following functions, depending on your current view.
- In the Normal view, italicize highlighted text.
- In the Slide Show view, change the normal cursor to the highlighter tool. Click and hold the mouse button to use the highlighter on the screen.
Ctrl+I in Word and other word processors
In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, highlighting text and pressing Ctrl+I makes the text italic. If the text is already italic, highlighting the italicized text and pressing Ctrl+I un-italicizes the text.
Related keyboard shortcuts
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