20 Microsoft Word & Mouse Shortcuts You Should Know!

I have always envied people who type so fast without even looking at the keyboard (like…how do you do this??), I just tried it and I have used the backspace key adequately. Even while looking at the keyboard, I still look for a few letters (okay, I’m better now). Our frequent chatting through phones actually helps, at least, it has helped to speed up my typing ability to some point. Lol, most times I want to form ‘badass fast typist”, I end up with words that don’t exist on the screen and then I just delete and be myself (type the way I can).

There’s no gainsaying to the fact that the Computer is one of the greatest advancement in technology we have in the world and it’s very pleasing to operate, especially if you know your way around it, so many features and all sort, which makes it fascinating.

laptopHave you ever typed a long paragraph and discovered that the words weren’t in the right case, what do you do? Check each word and edit? I guess not. There are so many shortcuts embedded in Microsoft Word to our advantage. So, let’s get into it. I’m certain we know the basic ones (ctrl+S- Saves the document, ctrl + B- Bolden selected text , ctrl + A- Selects the whole document, ctrl + C- Copies the selected text, Ctrl + V- Paste the selected text, Ctrl + X- Cut the selected document). We probably use them regularly.

So, here are the 20 Microsoft Word shortcuts you should know;

  • Ctrl + D: Opens the font preferences window.
  • Ctrl + E: Aligns the selected text or line to the center of the screen.
  • Ctrl + K:  Helps to insert a hyperlink.
  • Ctrl + W: Closes the currently open document.
  • Ctrl + Shift + L: Quickly create a bullet point.
  • Ctrl + Shift + F: Change the font.
  • Ctrl +]: Increases the selected font.
  • Ctrl + [: Decreases the selected font.
  • Ctrl + / + C: Inserts a cent sign (¢)
  • Ctrl + Shift + F6: Switches to open Microsoft open document, i.e, when you have more than one open document, it helps to switch to the other one.
  • F7: Spell and grammar check selected text or document.
  • F12: Save as.
  • Shift + F7: Runs a thesaurus check on the selected word.
  • Shift + F3: Changes the text from uppercase to lower case or a capital letter at the beginning of each word.
  • Shift + Alt + D: Inserts the current date.
  • Shift + Alt + T: Inserts the current time.
  • F5: Opens the Find, Replace and Go To window.
  • Ctrl + Alt + F: Inserts a footnote.
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo last action. Ctrl + Z: Undo last action.
  • Ctrl + L: Aligns to the left. Ctrl + R: Aligns to the right.
  • An Extra one: Ctrl + Alt + T inserts the trademark symbol ™, Ctrl + Alt + R inserts the registered trademark ® and Ctrl + Alt + C for the Copyright symbol ©.

The Mouse Shortcuts.

  • Click, hold and drag: Selects the text from where you click and hold to the point you drag and let go.
  • Double-clicking a word selects the complete word.
  • Double-clicking on the left, center or right of a blank line makes the alignment of the text left, center or right aligned.
  • Triple-click: Selects the line or Paragraph of the text.
  • Ctrl + Mouse wheel: Zooms in and out of the document.

I know these could be overwhelming at first and you might probably check back to grasp, but with time and practice, you’ll get used to it.

My favorite is Shift + F7 which runs a thesaurus check, it’s so amazing. What are your most used shortcuts? What other shortcuts are you aware of? Share with me, please?



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