What does Ctrl+2 do?


Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control 2 and C-2, Ctrl+2 is a shortcut key most often used to switch to the first tab in a browser or other program with tab support.

How to use the Ctrl+2 shortcut key

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+2, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the “2” key with the same hand or the other hand.


The “2” used with this shortcut is the “2” at the top of the keyboard and not on the numeric keypad.

Ctrl+2 in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel and all other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+2 bolds or removes bold from text in a cell.

Using Ctrl+2 in an Internet browser

With all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox), pressing Ctrl+2 switches to the first tab.


If you only have one tab open, pressing Ctrl+2 does nothing.

Ctrl+2 in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, Ctrl+2 changes the line, paragraph, or all highlighted text to double spacing.


Use Ctrl+1 to single space and Ctrl+5 to set the spacing to 1.5 line spacing.

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