Working in Microsoft Word is a very keyboard-focused task. But most of us still use our mouse for things like navigating the ribbon and applying formatting. When you’re busy typing, it can be frustrating having to stop mid-sentence, reach for the mouse, and start clicking around.
At Documents With Precision, we spend a lot of our time making beautiful Microsoft Word documents. And one of our favourite efficiency hacks is keyboard shortcuts. You’re probably familiar with the most commonly used ones, such as CTRL+C, CTRL+V (copy and paste). But did you know Word has its own set of keyboard shortcuts?
In fact, it has over 250 – all listed on one very long page on the Microsoft website. For those of us without eidetic memories, that’s a pretty daunting list. Luckily, it’s very unlikely you’ll need all of them on a daily basis. This week, we’ve gone ahead and handpicked the shortcuts we think you’ll find most useful. That way, you can bookmark this page as a handy quick reference for next time you use Word.
To start off, the basics. In this post we’ll cover some common Word functions that most of us use when creating documents, such as aligning text and increasing font size.
Again, this list is just a fraction of what’s available to us. Depending on how you use Word, there are a plethora of keyboard shortcuts to speed up formatting, navigating the ribbon, and reviewing documents. It’s even possible to make your own custom shortcuts!
Next week, we’ll share some tips for using the keyboard to navigate Word’s ribbon. Watch this space!