Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control Q and C-q, Ctrl+Q is a shortcut key that varies depending on the program being used. For example, in Microsoft Word, Ctrl+Q is used to remove the paragraph's formatting.


In many programs, the Ctrl+Q key may be used to quit the program or close the programs window.

How to use the Ctrl+Q shortcut key

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


On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."

Ctrl+Q in Audacity

In Audacity, pressing the Ctrl+Q exits the program.

Ctrl+Q in Opera

In Opera, pressing the Ctrl+Q closes the browser.

Ctrl+Q in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+Q marks selected e-mail as read.


Use the shortcut Ctrl+U to mark a selected e-mail as un-read.

Ctrl+Q in Excel 2019

In Microsoft Excel 2019, pressing Ctrl+Q opens the Quick Analysis Tool for the highlighted cells.

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

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