Updated: 12/10/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut

Alternatively written as Control+P, ^p, and C-p, Ctrl+P is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to print a document or page. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.


On Apple computers, the keyboard shortcut for print is Command+P.

How to use the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+P in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera), pressing Ctrl+P opens a window that lets you print the current page.


Most browsers now also give you the option to save the print preview as a PDF (Portable Document Format) too.

Ctrl+P in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+P opens the print preview window.

Ctrl+P in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, Ctrl+P has the following functions, depending on the view.

  1. In the Normal view, it opens the Print page to view the print preview and print the slide deck.
  2. In the Slide Show view, it changes the normal cursor to the pen tool.

Ctrl+P in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+P opens the print preview window.


The Ctrl+Shift+F12 shortcut also opens the print preview window in Microsoft Word.

Ctrl+P in Google Docs

Pressing Ctrl+P in Google Docs prints the current document.

Ctrl+P in Windows calculator

When used in the Microsoft Windows calculator, pressing Ctrl+P adds the current calculator value to the number stored in memory. This keyboard shortcut is the same as pressing the M+ button.

Ctrl+P in the edit command window

In the Command Prompt, Ctrl+P allows special characters to be inserted in the edit command window.

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

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