Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Q keyboard shortcut

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

How to use the Ctrl+Q keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+Q in Audacity

In Audacity, pressing Ctrl+Q exits the program.

Ctrl+Q in Outlook

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


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

Ctrl+Q in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel, pressing Ctrl+Q exits the program.

Ctrl+Q in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, Ctrl+Q removes all formatting from a highlighted paragraph.

Ctrl+Q in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, Ctrl+Q exits the program.

Ctrl+Q in Windows calculator

When used in the Microsoft Windows calculator, pressing Ctrl+Q subtracts the current calculator value to the number stored in memory. This keyboard shortcut is the same as pressing the M- (memory minus) button.

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

Ctrl, Format, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, Q