Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control Ins and C-Ins, Ctrl+Ins is a shortcut key most often used to copy text.


The Ctrl+Ins shortcut is the same as Ctrl+C to copy selected text.

How to use the Ctrl+Ins shortcut key

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

With this keyboard shortcut, if no text, files, or other objects are highlighted and you use the Ctrl+Ins shortcut, nothing is copied. If something is still in the clipboard from a previous copy, that content will be pasted when the paste feature is performed.


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

Ctrl+Ins in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and most other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+Ins when one or more cells is highlighted, the cells content is copied into the clipboard.

Ctrl+Ins in Microsoft PowerPoint

Pressing Ctrl+Ins in Microsoft PowerPoint copies the highlighted text, picture, or other objects into the clipboard.

Ctrl+Ins in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, highlighting text and pressing Ctrl+Ins copies the highlighted text into the clipboard. This shortcut can also be used to copy images, tables, and other objects into the clipboard.

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

Ctrl, Ins, Keyboard terms, Shortcut key