Office 2013: Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word

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The Microsoft Office word program is the most popular and largest used text document creator and editor in the whole world. You can say that every windows computer out there has some version of Microsoft word installed in it. When I am writing this article the most recent and updated version of  the Microsoft Office suite is Office 2013. As we all know keyboard shortcuts can make our lives so easier and faster. Office word 2013 also have a vast number of keyboard shortcuts to make our working process easier and faster. So lets see those keyboard shortcuts for future reference.

To do this Press
Switch to the next window. ALT+TAB
Switch to the previous window. ALT+SHIFT+TAB
Close the active window. CTRL+W or CTRL+F4
Restore the size of the active window after you maximize it. ALT+F5
Move to a task pane from another pane in the program window (clockwise direction). You may need to press F6 more than once. F6
Move to a task pane from another pane in the program window (counterclockwise direction). SHIFT+F6
When more than one window is open, switch to the next window. CTRL+F6
Switch to the previous window. CTRL+SHIFT+F6
Maximize or restore a selected window. CTRL+F10
Copy a picture of the screen to the Clipboard. PRINT SCREEN
Copy a picture of the selected window to the Clipboard. ALT+PRINT SCREEN

Use dialog boxes

To do this Press
Move to the next option or option group. TAB
Move to the previous option or option group. SHIFT+TAB
Switch to the next tab in a dialog box. CTRL+TAB
Switch to the previous tab in a dialog box. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move between options in an open drop-down list, or between options in a group of options. Arrow keys
Perform the action assigned to the selected button; select or clear the selected check box. SPACEBAR
Select an option; select or clear a check box. ALT+ the letter underlined in an option
Open a selected drop-down list. ALT+DOWN ARROW
Select an option from a drop-down list. First letter of an option in a drop-down list
Close a selected drop-down list; cancel a command and close a dialog box. ESC
Run the selected command. ENTER

Use edit boxes within dialog boxes

An edit box is a blank in which you type or paste an entry, such as your user name or the path of a folder.

To do this Press
Move to the beginning of the entry. HOME
Move to the end of the entry. END
Move one character to the left or right. LEFT ARROW or RIGHT ARROW
Move one word to the left. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move one word to the right. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Select or unselect one character to the left. SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select or unselect one character to the right. SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select or unselect one word to the left. CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Select or unselect one word to the right. CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Select from the insertion point to the beginning of the entry. SHIFT+HOME
Select from the insertion point to the end of the entry. SHIFT+END

Use the Open and Save As dialog boxes

To do this Press
Display the Open dialog box. CTRL+F12 or CTRL+O
Display the Save As dialog box. F12
Open the selected folder or file. ENTER
Open the folder one level above the selected folder. BACKSPACE
Delete the selected folder or file. DELETE
Display a shortcut menu for a selected item such as a folder or file. SHIFT+F10
Move forward through options. TAB
Move back through options. SHIFT+TAB
Open the Look in list. F4 or ALT+I

Undo and redo actions

To do this Press
Cancel an action. ESC
Undo an action. CTRL+Z
Redo or repeat an action. CTRL+Y

Access and use task panes and galleries

To do this Press
Move to a task pane from another pane in the program window. (You may need to press F6 more than once.) F6
When a menu is active, move to a task pane. (You may need to press CTRL+TAB more than once.) CTRL+TAB
When a task pane is active, select the next or previous option in the task pane. TAB or SHIFT+TAB
Display the full set of commands on the task pane menu. CTRL+SPACEBAR
Perform the action assigned to the selected button. SPACEBAR or ENTER
Open a drop-down menu for the selected gallery item. SHIFT+F10
Select the first or last item in a gallery. HOME or END
Scroll up or down in the selected gallery list. PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN

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