Alternatively referred to as Control X and C-x, Ctrl+X is a shortcut key most often used to cut any selected text, image, or other objects.
If you mistakenly cut something, you can use the Ctrl+Z undo shortcut.
How to use the Ctrl+X shortcut key
On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as "control."
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, if you were working with a text box in a form, you could cut any of the text in the text box.
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 shortcut key does not work. To copy text from a web page, use 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, the Ctrl+X shortcut key 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
Below are links to related keyboard key and keyboard shortcut pages.