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9 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Word

Key commands have always been a part of my work day. I love knowing how to shave off a mere 1 or 2 steps in any process. With everyone wanting everything yesterday, you have to move quickly – get to the finished product without sacrificing design. Keeping up isn’t that difficult when you add some basic key commands to your routine.

My key commands at work have taken on a Windows vibe since I’ve had to trade platforms from Mac to PC. And with that, learn some new key commands (Thank you Microsoft!). Which brings me to my new favorite: Alt+0149. When I tell you what it is, you’ll laugh. For most, it’s just an insignificant little dot. But for former Mac OS designers, the bullet point can be quite elusive. I know I can hit menu at the top in Word and the program will insert and indent. But that’s not always acceptable. I want control over my bullet points and now I have it. So for those of you Mac people who have had to, or may have wanted to, switch to a PC, here are a few of my new favorites:

  1. Alt+0149:

    Creates a bullet point within text
  2. Ctrl+Shift+Esc:

    Opens Window Task Manager
  3. Shift+F10:

    Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item; this is the same as right-clicking an object
  4. Alt+F6:

    Switch between multiple windows in the same program
  5. Shift+Delete:

    Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin
  6. Alt+F4: 

    Quit/Close a program
  7. Ctrl+Forward or Back Arrows:

    Select one word at a time.
  8. Ctrl+Shift+Forward or Back Arrows:

    Highlight one word at a time
  9. Ctrl+Shift+Tab:

    Reopen an accidentally closed web page

Bonus: The most entertaining key command is by far the hidden Easter egg in QuarkXPress. For those of you who don’t know about it, select a box, any box, and hit Alt+Ctrl+Shift+K. If you know of any other great Easter eggs, drop them into the comment section below. Enjoy!


novara.pngDebra Novara's love affair with design and the outdoors was truly realized when just two weeks after graduation she landed in Denver with nothing more than a backpack, her portfolio and a pair of skis. After 20+ years of designing for the Denver market (and skiing every resort) she returned to Michigan where she continues to work in the design industry as a member of the NHLS Marketing team. In addition to receiving awards for her design work, Debra has taught design at universities, served on multiple design panels and is recognized as one of the founding members of the AIGA-Denver Chapter.

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