Updated: 09/03/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control J and C-j, Ctrl+J is a shortcut key that varies depending on the program being used. For example, in most Internet browsers, Ctrl+J is used to open the downloads window.

How to use the Ctrl+J shortcut key

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


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

Ctrl+J in an Internet browser

In most Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer), pressing Ctrl+J opens the Downloads window.

In Opera, Ctrl+J manages the messages.

Ctrl+J in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+J shortcut key aligns, or distributes, the text evenly across the slide.

Ctrl+J in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+J aligns the selected text or line to justify the screen.

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