Access Function Keys

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. Ctrl+F3, Shift+A5…I just can’t bother to memorize all those shortcuts. Is there an easy way to access them?

A. What you want to do is create a handy screen display that shows all the shortcut function keys available at the moment, depending on what you are doing at that time in that application. Interestingly, Word can do that, yet for some reason Microsoft hides that function and gives you no hint where to find it. Even if you access Help (F1), there’s no indication the tool exists.

To get it, go to Tools , Customize , click on the Toolbar tag and cursor down to Function Key Display (see screenshot). Check the box next to it and click on Close .

When you return to Word, you’ll see a toolbar at the bottom of your screen that looks like the screenshot below. To evoke the displayed commands, click on an icon or press one of the function keys.

As you work along in Word, you’ll notice from time to time the assortment of function keys will change depending on what you’re doing.

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