Useful Microsoft Word Shortcuts That You Probably Don’t Know

Microsoft Word: Love it or hate it, practically everyone uses it. I’ve been using it so long, I thought I knew everything about it. But I stumbled across some super helpful shortcuts — hidden tricks and timesavers that make Microsoft Word easier and faster.

Double Click And Drag. If you’re like most people, when you want to move a section of text from one place to another, you use Control-C to copy and Control-V to paste. That’s fine. It works. But there’s a faster way: Double click or highlight what you want to move, then simply drag what you’ve highlighted to where you want it to land.

Double Underline. You know you can affect text by hitting Control-B to make it bold or Control-U to underline. But if one line of underlining just isn’t emphatic enough, Control-Shift-D will double underline. (On a Mac, use Command-Shift-D.)


Change Case. Instead of retyping everything to change from lower case to Title Case or to UPPERCASE, just highlight the text you want to change, click the case button, and then choose which case you want.

Add the Date. How many times a day do you type the date? If you do it even once, that’s too much. Next time, just hit Alt-Shift-D (or Control-Shift -D on a Mac) to add the date automatically.

Conform Fonts. This one used to drive me crazy: I’d copy and paste some bit of text from another document or from the Web, and then I’d have to click all over the place to get the font size and style to match the surrounding text of my existing document. No longer. Here’s all you need to do: Highlight the non-conforming text, then hit Control-Spacebar. Done.

Source: Yahoo News

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