What does Ctrl+8 do?


Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control 8 and C-8, Ctrl+8 is a shortcut key most often used to switch to the eigth tab in a browser or other program with tab support.

How to use the Ctrl+8 shortcut key

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+8, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the “8” key with the same hand or the other hand.


The “8” used with this shortcut is the “8” at the top of the keyboard and not on the numeric keypad.

Ctrl+8 in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel and all other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+8 shows outline symbols in the outline view.


If no outline exists, you’ll be prompted if you’d like to create an outline when pressing Ctrl+8.

Using Ctrl+8 in an Internet browser

With all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox), pressing Ctrl+8 switches to the eigth tab.


If you only have seven tabs open, pressing Ctrl+8 does nothing.

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