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Word Processing: 10 Cool Keyboard Tricks

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While editing a manuscript, I found a need to make the process faster with the use of hotkey (keyboard shortcuts), wildcards, and some keyboard tricks to get things done.

These work only in MS Word.

Doing this

Does this

Pressing the dash key 3x will create a horizontal line in your document

== =

Pressing the equal key 3x creates a double line in your document

Ctrl   H

Opens the Find/Replace feature.

Ctrl  E

Aligns text and graphics to center

=rand(08,10)

Type this in your document creates random text if you ever need to add random text.

^p^p

^p

Using Find/Replace, put ^p^p in Find and ^p and this removes manual spaces between paragraphs

Ctrl  SHIFT  m

Inserts a comment where you put your cursor in the document.

SHIFT  F7

Pressing these two keys open the built in Thesaurus. You can often find synonyms by RIGHT-CLICKING over a word. You will choices of words to use.

LEFT CLICK

The mouse

Clicking a word twice will highlight the word. Click three times, and you select the entire paragraph.

 

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10 Amazing Window Shortcuts You Aren’t Using (video)

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I use many keyboard short cuts, otherwise known as hotkeys, to do things on the computer. It helps to know the shortcuts to speed things up, but also it cuts down on the switching the mouse-clicking.

Some main hotkeys I use..

Hotkeys What it does
Ctrl + S Saves your file
Ctrl + P Prints document
Ctrl + X Cuts selected text or graphic to clipboard
Ctrl + V Pastes what you’ve cut to clipboard to another window or file.
Ctrl + O Opens new file
Alt + F4 Closes the open window

Handy Tip: Hotkey to switch between browser tabs

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Working with the computer can get tedious with switching back and forth with the keyboard and mouse. I prefer using hotkeys, also known as keyboard shortcuts, to speed up work. I found this tip to share;

When you browse the Internet with your browser, and if you open a number of tabs, you can click the Ctrl + Tab keys will switch between open tabs.

 

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CNET How To : Best Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts, otherwise referred as ‘hotkeys are a method you can use to quickly execute a command as opposed to clicking on the mouse and trying to find the command.

For example, rather than clicking the save iconsave you can click Ctrl +  S which will do the same thing.

Here are some more:

Need to find more shortcuts?

Microsoft Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shorts by Computer Hope

I often print out the shortcuts I want to master and keep them near my computer.

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