Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

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

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the "N" key with either hand.


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.


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

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 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

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

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

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