Updated: 12/26/2023 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Shift+~ keyboard shortcut

The Ctrl+Shift+~ keyboard shortcut is most commonly used to format a number in a cell in Microsoft Excel in general format. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.

How to use the Ctrl+Shift+~

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Ctrl and Shift key, and while continuing to hold them, press the ~ (tilde) key.

Ctrl+Shift+~ in Microsoft Excel

Pressing Ctrl+Shift+~ switches the number format to the general format. The general format is a number without commas, currency, percentage, symbols, etc.

For example, if the selected cell had a currency value of "$100.00" and you used this shortcut it would become "100" with no additional number formatting.


If there's no number formatting on the number in the cell, pressing this keyboard shortcut appears to do nothing.

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

Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms