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It’s handy on occasion — but have you ever wondered: What is the point of the CTRL button taking up space on your keyboard?
The meaning of CTRL
While there are some buttons on a keyboard that are more or less relics (the pause/break key, for instance), the CTRL key — pronounced control — should be getting a regular workout on your desktop or laptop. It’s an important ingredient in many different keystroke shortcuts that can save you time and mouse moves.
Here are some of the most popular shortcuts. The plus sign means that the two keys are held down at the same time (usually pressing CTRL, holding it down and then hitting the letter key is simplest).
CTRL+A (select all)
CTRL+F (start the find utility in your program or browser)