Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Ins keyboard shortcut

Alternatively written to as Control+Ins and C-Ins, Ctrl+Ins is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to copy text. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.


You may also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C to copy selected text or other objects.

How to use the Ctrl+Ins keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+Ins in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and most other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+Ins when a cell(s) is highlighted copies its contents to the clipboard.

Ctrl+Ins in Microsoft PowerPoint

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

Ctrl+Ins in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+Ins copies any highlighted text into the clipboard. This shortcut can also be used with images, tables, and other objects.

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

Ctrl, Ins, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms