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What is Alt+Enter?

Alt+Enter is a keyboard shortcut mostly used to create a new line in a Microsoft Excel cell.

How to Use the Alt+Enter Keyboard Shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Alt key, and while continuing to hold, press Enter.
Used in Microsoft Excel

In Microsoft Excel, pressing these keywords creates a new line in a Microsoft Excel cell.

  • How to move down a line in a cell within Microsoft Excel.
  • How to start a new line in a spreadsheet cell.
  • Full list of Excel shortcuts.

Used Alt+Enter in Internet Browsers

In all major Internet browsers like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera pressing this shortcut key opens a search in a new tab. For example, if you type “computer help” in the address bar or search bar and then press Alt+Enter a search for “computer help” opens in a new tab.

Used in TextPad

In TextPad, pressing Alt+Enter opens the document properties that display statistics such as the characters, words, and lines in the document.

Used in Windows

In Windows, press this shortcut key when any file, shortcut, or other object is highlighted to open the Properties window for that object.
Used in the Windows Command Line

In early versions of Microsoft Windows, pressing the Alt+Enter key would resize the Windows command line from a window to a full screen. More recent versions of Windows no longer support this keyboard shortcut.