Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+R keyboard shortcut

Alternatively called Control+R, ^r, and C-r, Ctrl+R is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to refresh a web page in an Internet browser. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

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.


Using the Ctrl+F5 does a hard refresh and is helpful when the local cache for a web page is not all reloaded.

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, Ctrl+R 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 Adobe Photoshop

Enable and disable the Ruler in Photoshop.

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 (memory recall) button.

Ctrl+R in Linux vi and vim

When using the vi or vim text editors in Linux, pressing Ctrl+R will redo anything undone.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, R, Refresh