Updated: 10/07/2019 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 with either hand.


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.

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

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