Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
Ctrl+X or Control X

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.


On Apple computers, the shortcut to copy is the Command key+X keys.

How to use the Ctrl+X shortcut key

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


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

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+X cuts any cell, text, or other object that is selected in the spreadsheet.


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

In many command line commands, such as the edit command, elm command, and the pico command, Ctrl+X is used to exit the program or file.

Ctrl+X in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+X cuts any text, picture, or other object that is selected.

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

Ctrl, Cut, Keyboard terms, Shortcut key, X