Updated: 09/03/2019 by Computer Hope
Alternatively referred to as Control K and C-k, Ctrl+K is a shortcut key that varies depending on the program being used. For example, in some programs, Ctrl+K is used to insert a hyperlink and in some browsers Ctrl+K focuses on the search bar.
How to use the Ctrl+K shortcut key
To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+K, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the “K” key.
On Apple computer keyboards, the Ctrl key is labeled as “control.”
Ctrl+K in an Internet browser
The Ctrl+K shortcut key has a different use for many of the different Internet browsers. Below is a listing of what these keys do for each of the different browsers.
Ctrl+K in Excel and other spreadsheet programs
In Microsoft Excel and most other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+K inserts a hyperlink into the current location.
Ctrl+K in Outlook
In Microsoft Outlook, pressing Ctrl+K completes the name or e-mail being typed in the e-mail field, if found in the address book.
Ctrl+K in Microsoft PowerPoint
In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Ctrl+K shortcut key inserts a hyperlink into the current location.
Ctrl+K in Word and other word processors
In Microsoft Word and other word processor programs, pressing Ctrl+K inserts a hyperlink into the current location.
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