Alternatively referred to as Control+X and C-x, Ctrl+X is a keyboard shortcut most often used to cut a selected section of text, image, or other object.
If you mistakenly cut something, you can press Ctrl+Z to undo your last action and restore the object.
- How to use the Ctrl+X keyboard shortcut.
- Ctrl+X in an Internet browser.
- Ctrl+X in Excel and other spreadsheet programs.
- Ctrl+X in Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Ctrl+X in the command line.
- Ctrl+X in Word and other word processors.
- Related keyboard shortcuts and keys.
- Related pages.
- Computer keyboard shortcuts.
How to use the Ctrl+X keyboard shortcut
Ctrl+X in an Internet browser
In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+X cuts editable text. For example, while in a text box, you could cut text and move it to another field using the paste function.
Ctrl+X only works if the text is editable. If you tried to cut any of the text on this page (that is not editable), the keyboard shortcut does not work. However, you can copy text from a web page using the Ctrl+C shortcut.
Ctrl+X in Excel and other spreadsheet programs
If you're editing the contents of a cell and press Ctrl+X, nothing will happen.
Ctrl+X in Microsoft PowerPoint
In Microsoft PowerPoint, Ctrl+X cuts any text, picture, or other object that is selected.
Ctrl+X in the command line
Ctrl+X in Word and other word processors
Related keyboard shortcuts and keys
Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.