Updated: 11/06/2021 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control+T and C-t, Ctrl+T is a keyboard shortcut most often used to open a new tab in an Internet browser.

How to use the Ctrl+T keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+T in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, IE, Opera), pressing Ctrl+T opens a new tab.

Ctrl+T in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel, pressing Ctrl+T opens the Create Table dialog box. However, if you're working in a cell, it toggles the formula reference type between absolute, relative, and mixed.

Ctrl+T in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+T keyboard shortcut opens the Format Text dialog box, which allows you to adjust the font size, style, and type.


The Ctrl+Shift+F keyboard shortcut also opens the font options window.

Ctrl+T in Windows Media Player

In Windows Media Player, Ctrl+T enables and disables shuffle play.

Ctrl+T in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+T creates a hanging indent.

Ctrl+T in Adobe Photoshop

When selecting an element with the Move Tool, Ctrl+T resizes or rotates the selection using the bounding box.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, T, Tab