All Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys & Their Functions

Shortcut Keys are usually a combination of two or more keywords on the Keyboard to carry out a certain function. They are called short cut because they shorten the process of carrying out a particular function while using the computer. Often, a shortcut can be just two keys pressed together. At most, it can be three keys. We have decided to bring to you the Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys.

Please note that the Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys differs from other applications short cut keys. For instance, it is not the shortcut keys that you used in Photoshop that you can use in Microsoft word. They may be the same combination of keys but carry out different functions in different applications. Our focus here is actually on Microsoft word.

So, here are the Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys you can use to make work easier for you while working.

Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys

Here are the keys you can combine to devastating effects.

Ctrl+0Toggles 6pts of spacing before a paragraph.
Ctrl+ASelect all contents of the page.
Ctrl+BBold highlighted selection.
Ctrl+CCopy selected text.
Ctrl+DOpen the font preferences window.
Ctrl+EAligns the line or selected text to the center of the screen.
Ctrl+FOpen find box.
Ctrl+IItalic highlighted selection.
Ctrl+JAligns the selected text or line to justify the screen.
Ctrl+KInsert a hyperlink.
Ctrl+LAligns the line or selected text to the left of the screen.
Ctrl+MIndent the paragraph.
Ctrl+NOpens new, blank document window.
Ctrl+OOpens the dialog box or page for selecting a file to open.
Ctrl+POpen the print window.
Ctrl+RAligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen.
Ctrl+SSave the open document. Just like Shift+F12.
Alt, F, ASave the document under a different file name.
Ctrl+TCreate a hanging indent.
Ctrl+UUnderline the selected text.
Ctrl+WClose the currently open document.
Ctrl+XCut selected text.
Ctrl+YRedo the last action performed.
Ctrl+ZUndo last action.
Ctrl+Shift+LQuickly create a bullet point.
Ctrl+Shift+FChange the font.
Ctrl+Shift+>Increase selected font +1pts up to 12pt and then increase font +2pts.
Ctrl+]Increase selected font +1pts.
Ctrl+Shift+<Decrease selected font -1pts if 12pt or lower; if above 12, decreases font by +2pt.
Ctrl+[Decrease selected font -1pts.
Ctrl+/+cInsert a cent sign (¢).
Ctrl+’+<char>Insert a character with an accent (grave) mark, where <char> is the character you want. For example, if you wanted an accented è you would use Ctrl+’+e as your shortcut key. To reverse the accent mark use the opposite accent mark, often on the tilde key.
Ctrl+Shift+*View or hide non printing characters.
Ctrl+<left arrow>Moves one word to the left.
Ctrl+<right arrow>Moves one word to the right.
Ctrl+<up arrow>Moves to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
Ctrl+<down arrow>Moves to the end of the paragraph.
Ctrl+DelDeletes word to right of cursor.
Ctrl+BackspaceDeletes word to left of cursor.
Ctrl+EndMoves the cursor to the end of the document.
Ctrl+HomeMoves the cursor to the beginning of the document.
Ctrl+SpacebarReset highlighted text to the default font.
Ctrl+1Single-space lines.
Ctrl+2Double-space lines.
Ctrl+51.5-line spacing.
Ctrl+Alt+1Changes text to heading 1.
Ctrl+Alt+2Changes text to heading 2.
Ctrl+Alt+3Changes text to heading 3.
Alt+Ctrl+F2Open new document.
Ctrl+F1Open the Task Pane.
Ctrl+F2Display the print preview.
Ctrl+Shift+>Increases the selected text size by one font size.
Ctrl+Shift+<Decreases the selected text size by one font size.
Ctrl+Shift+F6Switches to another open Microsoft Word document.
Ctrl+Shift+F12Prints the document.
F1Open Help.
F4Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+).
F5Open the Find, Replace, and Go To window in Microsoft Word.
F7Spellcheck and grammar check selected text or document.
F12Save As.
Shift+F3Change the text in Microsoft Word from uppercase to lowercase or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.
Shift+F7Runs a Thesaurus check on the selected word.
Shift+F12Save the open document. Just like Ctrl+S.
Shift+EnterCreate a soft break instead of a new paragraph.
Shift+Alt+DInsert the current date.
Shift+Alt+TInsert the current time.

So, you have seen the Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys. is there anyone we didn’t include here you could remind us of? use the comment box below n=and we shall attend to that.

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