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MS Word Shortcuts

In a recent MS Word Basics class it was brought up that it would be good to know keyboard shortcuts for popular Word tasks. This is not an exhaustive list but it should give you enough to get going.

Ctrl + N Create new document
Ctrl + O Open document
Ctrl + W Close document
Ctrl + S Save document
Ctrl + P Print document/print preview
Ctrl + F6 Switch between multiple Word documents
Ctrl + scroll mouse Zoom in and zoom out
Alt + F4 Exit Word
Ctrl + 1 Set line-spacing to single-space
Ctrl + 2 Set line-spacing to double-space
Ctrl + 5 Set line-spacing to 1.5
Ctrl + 0 (zero) Add or remove one line space preceding a paragraph
Ctrl + R Right-align paragraph
Ctrl + L Left-align paragraph
Ctrl + E Center-align paragraph
Ctrl + J Justify-align paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + N Apply Normal style
Ctrl + Arrow Down/Arrow Up Jump one paragraph down / one paragraph up
Ctrl + End/Home Jump to end / to beginning of document
Ctrl + Shift + F5 Go to, edit, and set bookmarks
Ctrl + H Open traditional find and replace window
Ctrl + H, then Alt + D Open traditional find window
Shift + F4 Repeat last find after closing find window
Ctrl + Tab Jump between find menu and document
Alt + Shift + D Insert current Date Field
Alt + Shift + P Insert Page Number Field
Alt + Shift + t Insert current Time Field
Ctrl + F9 Insert an empty field
F11/Shift + F11 Go to the next field/ previous field
Ctrl + Shift + F9 Unlink a field
Ctrl + F11/Ctrl + Shift + F11 Lock a field / Unlock a field
Alt + Shift + K Mail merge preview
Alt + Shift + N Merge a document
Alt + Shift + M Print merged document
Alt + Shift + E Edit a mail-merge document (data only)
Alt + Shift + F Insert a merge field
F7 Choose the Spelling command (Review tab).
Alt + Ctrl + M Insert a comment
Ctrl + Shift + E Turn change tracking on or off
Alt + Shift + C Close the Reviewing Pane if it is open
Ctrl + Shift + * Display nonprinting characters
Ctrl + Shift + G Open the Word Counting dialog box