What is Ctrl+K?

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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.

Note

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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