Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control+I and C-i, Ctrl+I is a keyboard shortcut most often used to italicize and unitalicize text.


On Apple computers, the keyboard shortcut to toggle italics is Command+I.

How to use the Ctrl+I keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+I in an Internet browser

In Firefox, pressing Ctrl+I opens the Page Info window. In Microsoft Internet Explorer, it opens the favorites sidebar.

Ctrl+I with word processors and text

With word processors and text editors, Ctrl+I performs different functions based on highlighting. If no text is highlighted, pressing this keyboard shortcut turns the italic feature on or off at the cursor's location. If text is highlighted, pressing Ctrl+I changes that content's appearance between italicized and unitalicized.

Ctrl+I in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and most other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+I when a cell(s) is highlighted will italicize or unitalicize its contents. When editing a cell with no selected text, Ctrl+I toggles the italics feature on and off at the cursor's location.


You can also use the Ctrl+3 shortcut to italicize text in Excel.

Ctrl+I in Microsoft PowerPoint

Pressing Ctrl+I in Microsoft PowerPoint performs different functions depending on your current view. In the Normal view, it italicizes the highlighted text. In the Slide Show view, it changes the normal cursor to the highlighter tool.

Ctrl+I in Windows Media Player

Pressing Ctrl+I captures a screenshot of the video or movie being watched in Windows Media Player.

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

Ctrl, I, Italic, Keyboard terms