Updated: 09/03/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control L and C-l, Ctrl+L is a shortcut key that varies depending on the program being used. For example, in Microsoft Word, Ctrl+L is used to left align a paragraph.


On Apple computers, the shortcut to copy is the Command key+L keys.

How to use the Ctrl+L

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+L, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the "l" key with the same hand or the other hand.


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

Ctrl+L in an Internet browser

All major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera) pressing Ctrl+L brings the address bar (location bar / omnibox) into focus.

Ctrl+L in Audacity

In Audacity, the Ctrl+L shortcut key silents highlighted sections of an audio track.

Ctrl+L in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and all other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+L opens the Create Table dialog box.


If you're editing the contents of a cell and press Ctrl+L, nothing will happen.

Ctrl+L in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+L shortcut key aligns the line or selected text to the left side of the slide.

Ctrl+L in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+L left aligns the current paragraph.

Using Ctrl+L in PuTTY

With PuTTY, the Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut clears the screen like the clear command.

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

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