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Keyboard: Difference between CTRL and STRG Key

Question by NetGuy | Last update on 2021-04-25 | Created on 2016-06-12

I have subscribed to a computer newspaper and from time to time, you can find some leaflets for different keyboard shortcuts or key combinations therein.

However, there is something with which I am messing up again and again: the difference between the keys CTRL and STRG.

Sometimes, it is stated that you have to press the key combination CTRL + ALT + [Letter], sometimes it says that you have to use STRG + ALT + [Letter]. Can someone explain to me what the difference actually is?

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The difference is explained quite easy and quickly: For the computer, there is none.

It is only about the labeling of your keyboard. The control key is labeled with "CTRL" on English keyboards while it is labeled with "STRG" on German keyboards. STRG is the abbreviation for "Steuerung" which is the German word for "Control" (abbreviated to CTRL). For the computer, internally, both keys are the same.

Depending on from which language scope the list of keyboard shortcuts is coming, the author will use STRG or CTRL for describing the same key on the keyboard. So, just use the key which you can find on your keyboard.
2016-06-12 at 23:59

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