Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Use the Ctrl+Enter Shortcut A fast way to fill in a URL by Paul Gil Writer Paul Gil, a former Lifewire writer who is also known for his dynamic internet and database courses and has been active in technology fields for over two decades. our editorial process Paul Gil Updated on July 10, 2020 Michael Poehlman/Getty Images Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email In Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome, it is possible to get the browser to automatically fill in the www. and .com portions of a URL address for you. The command Ctrl+Enter is the keystroke shortcut to make this happen. How to Use the Ctrl+Enter Shortcut Click anywhere in your browser's address bar. Type the name of a website. Replace any exist text that may be present. Hold the Ctrl button on your keyboard, then press the Enter key. The browser will automatically fill in the rest of the URL and send you to the site. If you use Ctrl+Enter command correctly, you only need to type the middle portion of a .com address. As with nearly all URL's, type all lowercase letters with no spaces. This command only works for Web addresses that end in .com. If you are visiting a .edu, .gov, .co.uk, .net, .ca website, you will need to manually type those addresses in full.