20 thoughts on “Who Invented The Shortcut Ctrl+W?

  1. Dude, what are you whinging about? Turn them off if you don’t like them. And if you can’t turn them off, buy a Mac, which does let you turn any or all keyboard shortcuts off.

  2. re-reading all the comments.

    I’m now absolutely certain that all this makes no sense.. :)

  3. Ctrl+Q is quit, which makes sense. Q for quit. Then they wanted to close tabs, so they picked the letter next to Q, so W.

  4. @Juuso: CTRL + T opens a new tab so, adding the SHIFT modifier in there to change open into reopen sort of makes sense. Sort of. In some parallel reality or something maybe.

    @Ryan: In the nano text editor CTRL + W is the search (Where is) function.

  5. In emacs, Ctrl-w is “cut”. Emacs has sort of ruined me… I keep doing Ctrl-s to try to search and end up saving.

  6. d: okay. who the hell invented that?

  7. FYI: CTRL+SHIFT+T will reopen a tab in newer versions of Firefox.

  8. And here you are again: maybe *that’s* a sign ;)

  9. I just tested this and it closed your blog. Maybe that’s a sign… ;-p

  10. Well, look at it this way: as a hardcore FPS gamer, your fingers go automatically over the WASD keys anyway when you use a keyboard, no matter in which business application you might be :)
    And Ctrl/Shift/Alt are also ready for crouch, run, prone.

  11. Ctrl+S for save, that I can handle… but Ctrl+W to do ten different things… sigh.

  12. Yep, cmd-w has been closing windows on Macs since the ’80s. Whether it existed at Xerox PARC is another question.

  13. Actually Microsoft uses Ctrl-F4 to close child windows, even in Visual Studio 2008 C++ still. All professional software uses Ctrl-W to close windows, like NotePad++, IBM Lotus Notes, etc…

  14. Oh well. In Blender 3D Ctrl-W is the shortcut to save your file. Now I keep closing windows in other apps when I try to save my work… :)

  15. Somehow my brain does not understand it. The same way it won’t understand Alt+Tab.

    Maybe it was invented to give exercise to fingers.

  16. Actually, thank you, I didn’t know that. I always use the middle mouse key.
    However, what’s so bad about i? It’s just another random short key.

  17. I see.

    We’ve come quite a long journey from Cmd+w to touch screens.

  18. In Mac OS, cmd-w has been the standard close window command for ~25 years.

  19. I knew one could blame Microsoft. One always can.

  20. I think it was always a windows shortcut to close child windows in apps with multiple document windows..

    more stuff : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_keyboard_shortcuts