In the last few Tech Tips, we looked at taming Word: by using a split screen to navigate in a single long document, by using the Tabs for Word add-in to manage several documents at once, by using Word’s default Ctrl + shortcuts for navigating in the document, and using Ctrl + Page Up/Down within two specific modes. Today we’re looking at a few bonus Ctrl + shortcuts that can speed up your Word work.
- Ctrl + Delete / Ctrl + Backspace Not as much navigation as editing, but still very handy. You can insta-delete one entire word (and one space) to the right or left of your cursor by pairing Ctrl with Delete (right) or Backspace (left).
- Ctrl + Alt + Z To move your cursor to the last-edited section of text, whether changes are tracked or untracked, hit Ctrl + Alt + Z. This will work for the last four edits made in the document.
- Ctrl + G The Go To section of the Find and Replace dialogue box is one of the underused and underappreciated features of Word. Many of us use Ctrl + F for the find function, and some of us use Ctrl + H to go directly to the replace function. Another useful shortcut that can turn into a productivity-boosting habit is Ctrl + G to open the Go To menu. Since “Page” is the default selection, entering +/– a number takes you that many pages forward or backward. There are a number of different items you can chose, however, including section, line, bookmark, comment, footnote, endnote, and heading.
What are your favorite methods and shortcuts for reducing the trudge through long Word documents? Which Ctrl+ shortcuts do you use regularly?
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