Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Space keyboard shortcut

Alternatively written as Control+Space and C-space, Ctrl+Space is a keyboard shortcut often used to select an entire column in Excel and other spreadsheet programs.


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

How to use the Ctrl+Spacebar keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+Spacebar in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+spacebar selects the entire column containing the active cell.


The keyboard shortcut Shift+spacebar selects the entire row containing the active cell.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, S, Save