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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Keyboard Shortcuts in Word

So, wouldn't it be cool if you could see all of Word's keyboard shortcuts? Well, you can! You can print a list of all assigned keyboard shortcuts, or all commands that could have a keyboard shortcut assigned.

Here's how:

  1. Go to Tools > Macro > Macros...
  2. Change the Macros In: dropdown to Word Commands

    As an interesting side note, these are all macros that Word uses to do those fancy features that we see in the menus and toolbars. Yet another way to make things more convenient for those who know where to look!

  3. Scroll down to (or type) List Commands
  4. Click the Run button
  5. In the List Commands dialog box presented, chose either:
    • Current menus and keyboard shortcuts
    • All Word commands
The resulting documents created are either several (9 or more) pages for current shortcuts, or 27 pages for all commands. Each document is a big long table consisting of command names, modifiers (alt, shift, or ctrl), the key, and the menu where you'd find the entry.

Clearly the current shortcuts document is more useful, but the 27 page document does have a whiz-bang feel to it. This is a great way to make a shortcut reference document if you're really into using the keyboard.

So there ya have it!

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