This shortcut is used by 765 programs in our database.
General description for this shortcut: Generally used to close menus, dialog boxes and cancel ongoing operations. During games, it generally brings up the game menu.
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Text editing (40)
Adobe Acrobat 2017 (Windows and Unix) - Closes pop-up (or text field in Comments List) for comment that has focus
Adobe Acrobat 2017 (Windows and Unix) - Move the focus back to the parent command button with a submenu or submenu element with a flyout
LibreOffice Writer - Cursor is inside a text frame and no text is selected: Escape selects the text frame
Adobe Acrobat 2017 (Mac) - Closes pop-up (or text field in Comments List) for comment that has focus
Adobe Acrobat 2017 (Mac) - Move the focus back to the parent command button with a submenu or submenu element with a flyout
Global Mapper 21 - When digitizing, the Escape key cancels the current digitizing operation, and reverts to selection mode.
LDCad - If the mouse is inside the filter text area it will clear the filter, if not it will navigate to the parent group if any
System tools (22)
ConEmu (190623 alpha) - Minimize ConEmu by Esc when no open consoles left (see option ‘Don’t close ConEmu on last console close’)
Developer tools (113)
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) - Close a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or focuses on the current document window
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) - Closes a menu or dialog box, cancels an operation in progress, or places focus in the current window
Qt Creator - Move to Edit mode. First press moves focus to the editor. Second press closes secondary windows
Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 (Most used shortcuts) - [Text Editor, Report Designer, Settings Designer, Windows Forms Designer, Managed Resources Editor] Edit.SelectionCancel
dbForge SQL Complete - Closes the suggestion box without inserting any suggestion into code. If the suggestion box and/or parameter information hint is shown, the first pressing of Esc will close the hint first
YouTrack Cloud 2022.3 (Windows) - Clear the current selection. Only available when Quick view is on.
GitHub - When focused on a user hovercard, closes the hovercard and refocuses on the element the hovercard is in
Atlassian JIRA Agile - Escape field. Escapes the cursor out of the current text field so that you can use more keyboard shortcuts
GitLab (Windows) - Go back to file list screen (only while searching for files, Repository > Files, then select Find File).
GitLab (macOS) - Go back to file list screen (only while searching for files, Repository > Files, then select Find File).
Web applications (41)
GitHub (MacOS, Enterprise Server 3.8) - When focused on a user, issue, or pull request hovercard, closes the hovercard and refocuses on the element the hovercard is in
File manager (11)
Xyplorer - All time-consuming processes (finding files, calculating folder sizes...) can always be stopped by pressing ESC.
Media player (22)
Games - PC (366)
OpenTTD 12.1 - Close active tool. Can also abort actions after pressing but before releasing the mouse button.