Control Key

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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.

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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
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