Ctrl+O

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+O

Alternatively referred to as Control+O and C-o, Ctrl+O is a keyboard shortcut most often used to open a URL, document, image, or other file types.

Note

This page covers the Ctrl+O (letter 'O') shortcut and not the Ctrl+0 (zero) shortcut.

Tip

On Apple computers, the keyboard shortcut to open is Command+O.

How to use the Ctrl+O keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold the left or right Ctrl key, and while continuing to hold, press O.

Ctrl+O in an Internet browser

In all Internet browsers, pressing Ctrl+O brings up the Open window, which allows you to open a file from your computer.

Ctrl+O in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and all other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+O brings up the Open window, allowing you to load an existing spreadsheet stored on your computer.

Ctrl+O in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+O brings up the Open window, allowing you to load an existing presentation stored on your computer.

Ctrl+O in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+O brings up the Open window, allowing you to load an existing document stored on your computer.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, O, Open, URL