The New York Times listed these helpful shortcuts:

Highlight a whole sentence by double-clicking anywhere inside the sentence while pressing the Ctrl key.

Highlight a whole paragraph by positioning your cursor to the left of the target paragraph in a narrow area in which it becomes invisible. You’ll know your cursor is there when it turns into an arrow that points to the right. Once there, a double-click selects the entire paragraph at the right. Click three times to select the whole document.

Go back to the last place you clicked, which usually means the last place you edited—even if it was in another open document —by evoking the Ctrl+Alt+Z keystrokes. Each time you use the Go Back command, your insertion point alternately jumps among four places—the last three edited spots and your current position.

Delete the last word with Ctrl+Backspace.


The Excel AutoSum shortcut item in the August 2001 issue gave the wrong keystrokes. They should be Alt+=.


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