Ctrl+left arrow

Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+left arrow keyboard shortcut

Alternatively written as Control+left arrow, Ctrl+left arrow is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to move the cursor one word to the left, instead of one character. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Ctrl+left keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+left in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

Pressing Ctrl+ while in a spreadsheet, like Microsoft Excel, moves to the farthest left of last entry in the data set.

Ctrl+left in text programs

Pressing Ctrl+ (left) while in a text program (e.g., text editor) moves the cursor one word to the left. For example, if the cursor was at the end of a sentence, holding down Ctrl and pressing multiple times gets farther left than only pressing the left arrow key.

Control+left in macOS

Pressing control+ (left) while in macOS views the previous desktop.

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

Arrow keys, Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms