Updated: 07/06/2021 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control+K and C-k, Ctrl+K is a keyboard shortcut that varies depending on the program used. For example, in certain programs, Ctrl+K is used to insert a hyperlink, and in some browsers, Ctrl+K focuses on the search bar.


On Apple computers, the most similar keyboard shortcut is Command+K.

How to use the Ctrl+K keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+K in an Internet browser

The Ctrl+K keyboard shortcut has a specific function in each browser.

Ctrl+K in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel, the Ctrl+K keyboard shortcut inserts a hyperlink in the currently-active cell or location.

Ctrl+K in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+K completes the name or e-mail being typed in the e-mail field if it's found in the address book.

Ctrl+K in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+K keyboard shortcut inserts a hyperlink into the current slide or object.

Ctrl+K in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+K inserts a hyperlink at the text cursor's current location.

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

Ctrl, Hyperlink, K, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms