What does Ctrl+F4 do?


Updated: 10/07/2019 by Computer Hope

Alternatively referred to as Control F4 and C-f4, Ctrl+F4 is a shortcut key most often used to close a tab or window within a program.


If you want to close all tabs and windows as well as the program use the Alt+F4 keyboard shortcut.

How to use the Ctrl+F4 shortcut key

To use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F4, press and hold either Ctrl key on the keyboard and while continuing to hold, press the “F4” function key with the same hand or the other hand.

Ctrl+F4 in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera), pressing Ctrl+F4 closes the active tab if more than one tab is open.

Ctrl+F4 in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and some other spreadsheet programs, pressing Ctrl+F4 closes the active workbook.

Ctrl+F4 in Microsoft Windows

In Microsoft Windows, pressing Ctrl+F4 will close the active tab or window in a program that supports more than one tab or window to be opened.

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