Makeovers usually donâ€™t go down equally well with everyone. Microsoftâ€™s 2007 makeover of Word felt for many of us like a makeover-gone-wrong. It seemed a little heavy on the botox, inhibiting our ability to express ourselves because we couldnâ€™t find the commands in the now â€˜muddledâ€™ menu.Â Around the world thousands of hours were wasted on locating â€˜hiddenâ€™ commands that werenâ€™t where they were expected to be.
As a web writer and editor Word was, and is, my main work tool.Â I felt cheated. Iâ€™d spent years becoming as expert in Word as possible, mastering many of the lesser-used features that can save huge amounts of time. And now Iâ€™d have to re-discover things. But thank heavens the shortcuts hadnâ€™t changed.
Save yourself with shortcuts
Key combination shortcuts can save you a huge amount of time in Word. They can also buy you some immunity to the interface redesigns of your favourite programs. Some shortcuts have dropped out of use over the years in Word, but for the most part theyâ€™ve remained constant.
Here are 10 common and 10 slightly lesser known but very useful Word shortcuts (plus a bonus shortcut!) that will help you speed up your use of Word:
- CTRL +O â€“ opens a document
- CTRL+N â€“ creates a new document
- CTRL +S â€“ saves the document
- CTRL +W â€“Â closes the document
- CTRL+P â€“ prints the document
- CTRL +C â€“ copy whatever is highlighted
- CTRL +V â€“ paste whatever was copied
- CTRL +Z â€“ undo the last action
- CTRL +Y â€“ redo the last action
- CTRL +Shift+A â€“ highlights everything in the document
- CTRL +Shift+R â€“ align the text right
- CTRL +Shift+L â€“ align the text left
- CTRL +Shift+E â€“ centre the text
- CTRL +Shift+C â€“ copy the formatting of the highlighted text
- CTRL +Shift+V â€“ paste the copied formatting onto the highlighted text
- Shift+F3 â€“ change the format of the highlighted letters â€“ from ALL UPPER CASE, to all lower case, to Initial Case
- CTRL+Shift+> â€“ makes highlighted text bigger
- CTRL+Shift+< â€“ makes highlighted text smaller
- CTRL+spacebar â€“ clears the formatting of any highlighted text
- CTRL+Shift+N â€“ formats any highlighted text as normal text
- ALT+CTRL+1 â€“ format the highlighted text as heading 1
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