Ctrl+Tab

Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+Tab

Alternatively referred to as Control Tab and C-tab, Ctrl+Tab is a shortcut key most often used to switch between open tabs in a browser.

How to use the Ctrl+Tab

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

Note

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

Ctrl+Tab in an Internet browser

All major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, IE, Opera) pressing Ctrl+Tab switches between open tabs in your browser. For example, if you had five open tabs in your browser you could press Ctrl+Tab to switch between each of those tabs going left to right without using your mouse.

Tip

Using the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Tab, switches between the tabs in the opposite direction (right to left).

Ctrl+Tab in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel, pressing Ctrl+Tab switches between the open workbooks if you have more than one workbook open at once.

Note

If you only have one workbook open this keyboard shortcut will do nothing.

Ctrl+Tab in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+Tab switches between the open presentations if you have more than one presentation open at once.

Note

If you only have one presentation open this keyboard shortcut will do nothing.

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

Ctrl, Keyboard terms, Shortcut key, Tab