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What does Alt + Q do?

In more recent software of Office applications, Alt+Q is the keyboard shortcut that is most frequently used to bring up the "Tell me" box.

What does Alt + Q do

How to utilize the Alt+Q key combination?

Hit and hold any Alt key, then while holding, press Q to access this keyboard shortcut.

What does Alt+Q do in Excel 2016 and subsequent versions?

Pressing Alt+Q brings up the "Tell me" box in Microsoft Excel 2016 and later versions.

What does Alt+Q do in PowerPoint 2016 and later versions?

The Alt+Q keyboard shortcut in Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 brings up the "Tell me" window.

What does Alt+Q do in Microsoft Word 2016 and later versions?

By hitting Alt+Q, the "Tell me" window is brought up in Microsoft Word and other word processing software.

What are the popular programs using Alt + Q keyboard shortcut?

Below are the popular programs using this keyboard combination.

System Tools

  1. FastStone Capture 9.2 - It closes the active tab
  2. Tera Term 4.97 - Exits from the active tab
  3. Start Menu 8 - It shows or hides the sidebar

Developer Tools

  1. PythonWin - Format the current sentence/comment block. Please take note that this incorrectly reformats code; only use it within comment blocks!
  2. b) PyCharm 2018.2 - It displays the current method or class definition if it is hidden
  3. WinDev 25 - It activates the bottom-anchored windows
  4. Advanced Serial Port Terminal 6 - It closes the serial port
  5. JetBrains WebStorm - It displays context info
  6. Team Explorer and Azure DevOps - It returns to the query
  7. IntelliJ IDEA (Windows, Linux) - It displays context info


  1. CorelDRAW 2020 - It disables all snapping. To bring back the chosen snapping choices, click once more
  2. Autodesk Maya 2019 - Use the left mouse button to access the Polygon marking menu or choose the tool
  3. ACDSee - It removes the item that is presently being shown from the Burn Basket in Manage mode.
  4. Tahoma2D 1.1 - Similar drawing backward substitution
  5. OpenToonz 1.4 - Similar drawing backward substitution
  6. Modo 12.1 - Selection mode/Transform tool

Text Editing

  1. Microsoft Word 2019 - Open the "Tell me" box on the ribbon and insert your search query to see help content
  2. Microsoft Word 2019 - Click on "Tell me what you want to accomplish" and Smart Lookup (in Word 2016)
  3. Nano - Enabling/disabling the transformation of typed tabs to spaces
  4. Notepad3 (v5.21) - Enclose With… (Enclose Before/After Selection)
  5. PSPad - Repetition of last instruction


  1. Ipro Eclipse - Open and run the statistical quality check procedure after being granted the commit scanned documents to case capability
  2. Microsoft Excel 2019 - then type the following search term: Enter a search phrase for help or Help material in the Tell Me to box on the Ribbon to get started.
  3. Microsoft Access 2019 - then type a search word to access the Tell Me to box on the ribbon by clicking it.
  4. Sage 100 (MAS 90/200) - Launch the MapQuest website while selecting the address
  5. WorkZone Client - It activates the keyboard's area selection
  6. Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 (Creating presentations) - the search keyword after that: Activate the Tell me box
  7. Dynamics 365 Business Central - It activates the Tell Me window
  8. Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 (Slideshows) - It stops media playback
  9. Davinci Resolve 17 (Windows) - Add Serial Node + LPW
  10. Dynamics 365 Business Central - Open the Tell Me window
  11. Edius Pro 9 - It deletes temporary files
  12. Questrade IQ Edge - Decrease price by 0.01
  13. Sierra Chart (version 2296) - Current quote window
  14. Tableau - It closes web authoring
  15. Rekordbox 6 - Previous track


  1. League of Legends - Cast champion's 1st ability on self (must be a support spell)
  2. Jagged Alliance 2 (version 1.13) - changes the primary hand's and gunsling's weaponry.
  3. ChessBase 13 - Switch list formats, such as showing game data or notation
  4. Warcraft III: Reforged - Exit Warcraft 3: Reforged

Social and Messaging

  1. mIRC - Using this, the channel window's second editbox can be displayed or hidden.


  1. Desmos Four-Function Calculator (Windows) - Switch to Print
  2. Merge PACS Workstation - Open new Query Search


  1. Exact Audio Copy - WAV Editor options
  2. Maxthon - Fill in the current form

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