Alternatively referred to as Control P and C-p, Ctrl+P is a shortcut key most often used to print a document or page.
How to use the Ctrl+P shortcut key
On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."
Ctrl+P in an Internet browser
In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera), pressing Ctrl+P opens the print window for the current page. For example, if you pressed Ctrl+P now, it displays a print preview of this page.
Many browsers now also give you the option to save the print preview as a PDF in the print window.
Ctrl+P in Excel and other spreadsheet programs
Ctrl+P in Microsoft PowerPoint
In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+P shortcut key has the following functions, depending on the view.
- In the Normal view, open the Print page to view the print preview and print the slide deck. Like Ctrl+Shift+F12.
- In the Slide Show view, change the normal cursor to the pen tool. Click and hold the mouse button to use the pen tool and draw on the screen.
Ctrl+P in Word and other word processors
Ctrl+P in the edit command window
Allows special characters to be inserted in the edit command window.
Related keyboard shortcuts
Below are links to related keyboard key and keyboard shortcut pages.