Ctrl+S

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+S or Control A

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

Tip

On Apple computers, the shortcut to save may also be Command key+S keys.

How to use the Ctrl+S shortcut key

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

Note

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

Ctrl+S in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera), pressing Ctrl+S saves a copy of the page being viewed.

Ctrl+S in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+S saves the current open worksheet. If the worksheet has never been saved, the Save As window opens to allow you to enter the name of the worksheet.

Note

If you're editing the contents of a cell and press Ctrl+S, nothing will happen.

Ctrl+S in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+S shortcut key saves the open slide deck. The Shift+F12 shortcut key also saves the open slide deck.

Ctrl+S in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+S saves the current open document. If the document has never been saved, the Save As window opens to allow you to enter the name of the worksheet.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard terms, S, Save, Shortcut key