Updated: 03/13/2021 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control+L and C-l, Ctrl+L is a keyboard shortcut whose function differs depending on the program being. For example, in Microsoft Word, Ctrl+L is used to align text with the left edge of a document (margin).


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

How to use the Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut

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

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 keyboard shortcut silences 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 keyboard shortcut aligns an object or selected text with the left side of the slide.

Ctrl+L in Word and other word processors

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

Ctrl+L in bash

When using the bash shell, you can clear the screen by pressing Ctrl+L.

Using Ctrl+L in PuTTY

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

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

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