Keystroke shortcuts are the fastest way to interact with your Mac.
I’ve covered this in 2 other posts, and included PDFs of shortcuts that you can print out:
This time, I’m going to look at shortcuts for an app most of us use a daily basis, Microsoft Word.
These shortcuts are for Microsoft Word for Mac 2011, but may work in other versions.
How Do I Use Keystroke Shortcuts?
Keystroke Shortcuts use modifier keys. You already use modifier keys every day. Here’s how…
Tap the “h” key and you get a lower case “h”
Hold the Shift key and tap the “h” key and you get an upper case “H”
The Shift key is a Modifier Key.
All Modifier Keys work this way. That’s it.
Modifier keys on the Mac include: Shift, Control, Option, Command and Function.
These keys are located at the bottom left hand corner of your keyboard and can be seen in the photo above.
Keystroke Shortcuts in Microsoft Word
Command + B – Bold highlighted text.
Command + U – Underline highlighted text.
Command + I – Italicize highlighted text.
Command + R – Right Justify highlighted text.
Command + L – Left Justify highlighted text.
Command + E – Center Justify highlighted text.
Control + Shift + M – Indent highlighted text to the left.
Command + Shift + M – De-indent highlighted text from the left.
Command + 1 or Command + 2 or Command + 5 – Single, Double or 1.5 line spacing of highlighted text.
Shift + Return – Insert a line break. Also known as a Soft Return.
Command + D – Opens the text formatting menu.
Command + P – Print
These are 11 pretty basic commands. In a future post, we’ll cover some more advanced shortcuts.
Right or Control Click on the image below to download a sheet with these shortcuts that you can print out:
A Shortcut To A Shortcut
Look at the Menu Bar in any Application. Opposite each command you’ll find symbols showing it’s keyboard shortcut.
This Is Too Complicated. I Don’t Want To Change!
You made it this far… but do what makes you feel comfortable.
My advice… Learn one shortcut a week. If you see any benefit, try another.
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