Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope

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

How to use the Ctrl+R shortcut key

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


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

Ctrl+R in an Internet browser

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

Ctrl+R in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+R fills the row cell 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 multiple cells. Then press Ctrl+R to fill them with the contents of the original cell.


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

Ctrl+R in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+R shortcut key aligns the line or selected text to the right side of the 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 processor programs, pressing Ctrl+R aligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen.

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

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