Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+W or Control A

Alternatively referred to as Control+W and C-w, Ctrl+W is a keyboard shortcut most often used to close a program, window, tab, or document.

How to use the Ctrl+W keyboard shortcut

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

Ctrl+W in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+W closes the current tab. If there aren't multiple tabs open, pressing Ctrl+W closes the browser.

Ctrl+W in Excel

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+W closes the current workbook.


If you're editing the contents of a cell and press Ctrl+W, nothing will happen.

Ctrl+W in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+W keyboard shortcut closes the current presentation.

Ctrl+W in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Ctrl+W closes the current document.

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

Close, Ctrl, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, W