Customize Keyboard Shortcuts

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. Call me old-fashioned, but I hate the mouse. I’d much rather use keyboard combinations to activate commands. However, some of the Word commands I frequently use don’t have key combinations. Any ideas?

A. You can create your own or even change the existing default combinations.

Here are the steps: Click on Tools , Customize and Keyboard , evoking this menu:

Then, select a category (under Categories ) and an available command (under Commands ) for which you want to create a keystroke shortcut (or the shortcut you would like to change if it already has one).

For example, if you want a shortcut to command Word to jump to the next comment in a document, find that action in the Commands list and highlight it. It also is more fully identified under Description . If the Current keys box is empty, that task has no assigned keys. You can assign keys to it by pressing the keys of your choice; they will appear under Press new shortcut key . Then click on Assign and Close .

If you’re not happy with one of them, just change it.

 

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