Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
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.
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