Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control+N and C-n, Ctrl+N is a keyboard shortcut most often used to create a new document, window, workbook, or other type of file.

How to use the Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut

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

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.


If you want to open a new tab in the same window, you can use the Ctrl+T keyboard shortcut.

Ctrl+N in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and most other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+N creates a new blank worksheet.

Ctrl+N in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+N has multiple uses. For example, if you're in the Mail section, it creates a new e-mail message. If you're in the Calendar section, it creates a new appointment.

Ctrl+N in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+N keyboard shortcut opens a new blank slide deck in another PowerPoint program window.

Ctrl+N in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+N creates a new document.

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

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