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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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What are the F1 through F12 keys?

 

What are the F1 through F12 keys?.

But don’t let this overwhelm you- just learn them one at a day, at your own pace.

 

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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