Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control V and C-v, Ctrl+V is a shortcut key most often used to paste text or other objects from the clipboard.


On Apple computers, the shortcut to paste is the Command key+P keys.

How to use the Ctrl+V shortcut key

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


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

Ctrl+V in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+V will paste the contents of the clipboard into any editable field. For example, you could paste text from another program into a text box in a form.

Ctrl+V in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+V will paste anything in the clipboard into the current position. If you've copied more than one cell, Ctrl+V will paste the cells starting at your current position.

Ctrl+V in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+V shortcut key pastes any text, image, video, or other objects into the PowerPoint slide.

Ctrl+V in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+V pastes any text, image, video, or other object into the active document.

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

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