Control Key

What Does Control Key Mean?

The Control key on a computer
keyboard is a key that is used by pressing it in combination with other keys, enabling other keys on the keyboard to perform secondary functions. It is generally labeled as Ctrl.

Advertisements

Techopedia Explains Control Key

The Control key is one of the combination keys on a computer’s keyboard, similar to the Shift key. The user must press it down in combination with other keys. By doing so, certain commands are activated and actions are performed. The Control key thus serves as a shortcut for various commands.

Some of the most common control key shortcuts are:

  • Control key + C – to copy
  • Control key + X – to cut
  • Control key + V – to paste
  • Control key + B – to bold text
  • Control key + U – to underline text
  • Control key + I – to italicize text
Advertisements

Related Terms

Margaret Rouse

Margaret Rouse is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical, business audience. Over the past twenty years her explanations have appeared on TechTarget websites and she's been cited as an authority in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine and Discovery Magazine.Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages. If you have a suggestion for a new definition or how to improve a technical explanation, please email Margaret or contact her…