Microsoft Word Important Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts when working with Microsoft Word helps to work more efficiently.

A plus sign (+) in a shortcut means that you need to press mentioned keys at the same time.

Ctrl + key

Keyboard ShortcutUse
Ctrl + ASelect ALL contents of the page
Ctrl + BBOLD the highlighted text
Ctrl + CCOPY selected the text
Ctrl + DFont options
Ctrl + EAlign selected text or line to the center
Ctrl + FOpen the FIND box
Ctrl + GFind and replace options
Ctrl + HFind and replace options
Ctrl + IITALICISE the highlighted text
Ctrl + JJUSTIFY paragraph alignment
Ctrl + KInsert link
Ctrl + LAlign selected text or line to the LEFT
Ctrl + MIndent the paragraph
Ctrl + NCreate NEW blank document
Ctrl + OOpen OPTIONS
Ctrl + POpen the PRINT window
Ctrl + QAlign selected paragraph to the left
Ctrl + RAlign selected text or line to the RIGHT
Ctrl + SSAVE the open document, works just like
Shift + F12
Ctrl + THanging indent
Ctrl + UUNDERLINE the highlighted text
Ctrl + VPaste from clipboard
Ctrl + W Close document
Ctrl + XCut selected text
Ctrl + YRedo the last action performed
Ctrl + ZUndo last action
Ctrl + ]Increase selected font by 1 point
Ctrl + [Decrease selected font by 1 point
Ctrl + Move one word to the LEFT
Ctrl + Move one word to the RIGHT
Ctrl + Move to the beginning of the line or paragraph
Ctrl + Move to the end of the paragraph
Ctrl + Del DELETE word to the right of the cursor
Ctrl + Backspace Delete word to the left of the cursor
Ctrl + End — Move cursor to END of the document
Ctrl + Home Move cursor to the beginning of the document
Ctrl + Space Reset highlighted text to default font
Ctrl + 1 Single-space lines
Ctrl + 2 Double-space lines
Ctrl + 5 1.5-line spacing

Ctrl + Shift + key

Keyboard ShortcutUse
Ctrl + Shift + FChange FONT
Ctrl + Shift + >Increase selected font +1
Ctrl + Shift + * View or hide non printing characters

Ctrl + Alt + key

Keyboard ShortcutUse
Ctrl + Alt + 1 Change text to heading 1
Ctrl + Alt + 2 Change text to heading 2
Ctrl + Alt + 3 Change text to heading 3
Ctrl + Alt + S Split the document window

Shift + key

Keyboard ShortcutUse
Shift + F3 Change case of selected text.
Shift + Insert Paste
Shift + F12 Save

Alt + Shift + key

Keyboard ShortcutUse
Alt + Shift + D Insert the current date
Alt + Shift + T Insert the current time

Function key

Keyboard ShortcutUse
F1 Open help
F4 Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
F7 Spell check selected text and/or document.
F12 Save as

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