Alternatively referred to as Control N and C-n, Ctrl+N is a shortcut key most often used to create a new document, window, workbook, or another type of file.
How to use the Ctrl+N shortcut key
On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."
Ctrl+N in an Internet browser
In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+N opens a new application window.
Ctrl+N in Excel and other spreadsheet programs
Ctrl+N in Outlook
In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+N create a new e-mail when in the Mail section and creates a new appointment when in the Calendar section.
Ctrl+N in Microsoft PowerPoint
In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+N shortcut key opens a new blank slide deck in another PowerPoint program window.
Ctrl+N in Word and other word processors
Related keyboard shortcuts
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