Word Quick Keys

Learn various Word Quick Keys to save time when working in Word.

For this post, I want to give you various Word Quick Keys that have helped me work more efficiently and quickly.  These commands come in handy for those of you who prefer quick mouse or keyboard commands over mouse drags and tab/ribbon commands.  Below are the Word Quick Keys for Selecting Text, Creating Automatic Borders, Repeating your Last Command, Clearing Font Formats and Clearing Paragraph Formats.

Word Quick Keys for Selecting Text

  • Double-click a word to select the word
  • Triple-click a word to select the paragraph containing that word
  • Click in the left margin to select a line of text
  • Drag in the left margin to select multiple lines of text
  • Double-click in the left margin to select a paragraph
  • Triple-click in the left margin to select the entire document
  • Press Ctrl-A to select the entire document
  • To select multiple blocks of text, select the first block, hold down the Ctrl key and select the additional blocks of text

Create Automatic Borders

Type the following characters and press Enter to insert the specified borders quickly –

— (3 hyphens) will insert –Word Quick Keys Image 1

=== (3 equal signs) will insert –Word Quick Keys Image 2

___ (3 underscores) will insert –Word Quick Keys Image 3

*** (3 asterisks) will insert –Word Quick Keys Image 4

Repeat Your Last Command

To repeat the last action taken, whether inserting a symbol, formatting text or paragraphs, etc., press the F4 key.

Clear Font Formats

To clear any font formats (for example, font size, bold, underline or font color) that have been applied to text, select the text and press CTRL+Spacebar.

Clear Paragraph Formats

To clear any paragraph formats (for example, bullets or numbering, borders and shading or indenting) that have been applied to text, select that text and press CTRL+Q.