Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

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

How to use the Ctrl+T shortcut key

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


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

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 in your browser.

Ctrl+T in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel, pressing Ctrl+T opens the Create Table dialog box.


If you're editing the contents of a cell and press Ctrl+T, nothing will happen.

Ctrl+T in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+T shortcut key opens the Font window, to adjust font size, style, and type. The Ctrl+Shift+F shortcut key performs the same action.

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 processor programs, pressing Ctrl+T creates a hanging indent.

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

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