Ctrl+S

Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+S or Control A

Alternatively referred to as Control+S and C-s, Ctrl+S is a keyboard shortcut most often used to save changes to a file.

Tip

On Apple computers, the keyboard shortcut used to save is Command+S.

How to use the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+S in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera), pressing Ctrl+S opens a window that allows users to save the page being viewed as an HTML file.

Ctrl+S in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+S saves the current worksheet. If it has never been saved, the Save As window opens, allowing you to choose a name and file extension for your worksheet.

Ctrl+S in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+S keyboard shortcut saves the current presentation.

Tip

The Shift+F12 keyboard shortcut also saves the current presentation.

Ctrl+S in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+S saves the current document. If it has never been saved, the Save As window opens, allowing you to choose a name and file extension for your document.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, S, Save