Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Word
Provided by Molly Pell, Technical Project Manager
Many of you already know these favorite shortcuts, but I suggest learning
them if you don’t!
[Ctrl+C] and [Ctrl+V] to
copy and paste text (respectively)
[Ctrl+B], [Ctrl+U], and [Ctrl+I]
to make text Bold, Underlined, or Italicized (respectively)
[Ctrl+Z] to undo the last
action, and [Ctrl+Y] to redo the last action
Paragraph Navigation / Editingßáâ
[Ctrl+à] to move the cursor
over a single word and [Ctrl+â] to move the cursor
up or down an entire
[Shift+à] to select a
single character, [Ctrl+Shift+à] to select an entire word, and [Ctrl+Shift+à]
to select an entire paragraph.
[Ctrl+Backspace] to delete
an entire word to the left of the cursor, and [Ctrl+Delete] to delete
the entire word to the right of the cursor.
Zoom and Font Size
[Ctrl]+Mouse Scroll Up to
increase the zoom size, and [Ctrl]+Mouse Scroll Up to decrease the zoom.
[Ctrl+Shift+>] to increase
font point size, and [Ctrl+Shift+<] to decrease font point size.
[Ctrl+Alt+1] to change the
current paragraph’s style to “Heading 1”.
[Ctrl+Alt+2] to change the
current paragraph’s style to “Heading 2”.
[Ctrl+Alt+3] to change the
current paragraph’s style to “Heading 3”.
Paragraph and Page Breaks
[Shift+Enter] to add a line
break or ‘Soft Return’. Use this to add a new line that is not a
[Ctrl+Enter] to add a page
[Ctrl+Shift+Enter] to add a
Change Font Capitalization
[Shift+F3] to change the
case/capitalization of the selected text.
capitalize the selected text
[Ctrl+Shift+K] to change
the selected text to Small Caps.
Menu Item Shortcuts
[Ctrl+S] to save
[Ctrl+P] to open the Print
dialog for printing the document.
[Ctrl+D] to Open the
[Ctrl+F] to open the Find
dialog, [Ctrl+H] to open the Replace dialog, and [Ctrl+G] to open the
“Go To” dialog.
The shortcuts listed above are
my favorites, but many more are listed here:
These shortcuts take a little
bit of practice to get used to, but it’s well worth it when you consider how
much time they save over time.
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