What are some Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts?


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Microsoft Word allows users to work faster by using keyboard shortcuts rather than the buttons on the interface. Some of the most frequently used shortcuts are Ctrl+X (to cut), Ctrl+C (to copy) and Ctrl+V (to paste). While pressing Ctrl+W closes the document, Ctrl+S saves it. Press the keyboard buttons at the same time, or hold the modifier key (Ctrl, Alt or Shift) and press the letter afterwards to use a shortcut combination.

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You can also navigate through the ribbon at the top of the document by using shortcuts. Alt+F opens the File tab, Alt+G opens the Design tab, and Alt+H opens the Home tab. Alternatively, it is possible to move between the ribbon tabs by holding down Ctrl and pressing the left and right arrow keys. To expand or collapse the ribbons entirely, press F1 while holding down the Ctrl key.

Ctrl+B applies bold formatting to the selected text, while Ctrl+I adds italics.

You can combine keyboard shortcuts as well. For example, use Ctrl+A to select the entire document and then press Ctrl+C to copy the entire document.

Pressing Z while holding Ctrl cancels the previous command, whereas Ctrl+Y reverses a canceled command. You can use Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y multiple times in a row or one right after the other.

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