Keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word

If you began computing in the early days like I did you will be used to using the keyboard for entering symbols and controlling different features of the program you are using.

You can insert symbols into a Word document using the screen menus. It remembers the last ones you used so that they are easily accessible. Very straightforward, especially if you are using a mouse. If you began computing in the early days like I did, however, you will be used to using the keyboard for entering symbols and controlling different features of the program you are using

You can insert symbols using the unicode number. This involves pressing and holding the ALT key and keying in the unicode number for the symbol you want. There is a full list of the codes in Wikipedia and lots of other sites online. You could go through the list noting which ones you might want to use. You do need to have a numeric keypad to key in the numbers, however.

Some symbols can be entered directly from the keyboard. Some symbols have been set up in the autocorrect section of Word and you are able to add to these yourself. For example, to get a right facing arrow you would type in the equals sign followed by the greater than sign =>.

Some features of Word can be controlled from the keyboard. For example, to go into subscript mode you would hold down the CTRL key while pressing the equal sign. To centre a selected paragraph you would hold down the CTRL key and simultaneously press E.

I have included a list of some of the shortcuts that I use myself in the documents download section. More comprehensive lists are available online should you wish to explore more.

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