Set Your Own Shortcut Keys


Q. Call me a maverick, but I don’t like Word’s default shortcut keys—such as Ctrl+C for copy. Can I change them? If so, how?

A. Sure you can, but do you really want to? Consider this: If you have to use another computer or someone uses yours, a new setup will create confusion. I would suggest you change one and see how it works out. What you may want to do is add some new shortcuts for functions you use often. Here’s how to add or change shortcuts:

Click Tools, Customize and then the Keyboard button, which evokes this Customize Keyboard dialog box:

Notice there’s a Reset All button. If you click on that you’re going for broke—eliminating all the shortcuts. But if you want to take the more conservative approach you can change just the few that really bother you or add others. Under Categories: , select the command you want to change. Notice that as you click different categories the Commands: menu changes. Click on your target command and move your cursor inside the box for Press new shortcut key . If you already have a shortcut to that command, it will appear in the adjacent Current keys: box; if there’s no command, that box will remain blank. To create a shortcut, press your keys choice. They will appear in the adjacent box. If you want to remove a shortcut, highlight it and click the Remove button. When done, click OK.

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