Updated: 08/16/2021 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control+R and C-r, Ctrl+R is a keyboard shortcut most often used to refresh the page in an Internet browser.

How to use the Ctrl+R keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+R in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+R refreshes (reloads) the current web page.

Ctrl+R in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+R fills the row cell(s) to the right with the contents of the selected cell. To fill more than one cell, select the source cell and press Ctrl+Shift+Right arrow to select additional ones. Then, press Ctrl+R to fill them with the contents of the original cell.


Using the Ctrl+D shortcut fills a column instead of a row.

Ctrl+R in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+R keyboard shortcut right aligns an object or selected text with the current slide.

Ctrl+R in Outlook

In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+R replies to an e-mail.

Ctrl+R in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+R right aligns a paragraph or object in the current document.

Ctrl+R in Windows calculator

When used in the Microsoft Windows calculator, pressing Ctrl+R recalls the number stored in the calculator memory. This keyboard shortcut is the same as pressing the MR button.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, R, Refresh