The Time-Saving Guide To Microsoft Word Shortcuts

Back in the day, there weren’t a ton of choices for word processing options out there – you had to use what was installed on your computer, based on the type of computer you owned. At that time (which was before Apple really became the mainstream crack of tech), that meant Microsoft Word was your choice, since so many folks were PC based at that point. There was, of course, Apple Writer for the folks who were on the Apple bandwagon before it was even a bandwagon, and Word Perfect (now I’m really showing my age), but at the time computers became mainstream, a majority of users were speaking Microsoft’s language. Now, there are a ton of word processing options out there, including the ever popular Google Docs, but many schools, offices, and students find themselves still using Word.

Just like in tools like Gmail and web browsers, word processors offer keyboard shortcuts to let you work more efficiently. The handy infographic below takes a look at some shortcuts you can use in Word to save yourself some time and keystrokes. Many (though not all) of these will also work in other word processing programs and in non-word processing programs, too. Take a look at this robust list, and maybe you’ll be able to save yourself some time and effort with the shortcuts!

Word Shortcuts

While all of these are useful, a few of my most frequently used are:

  • Ctrl +B = Bold
  • Ctrl + I = Italic
  • Ctrl + V = Paste
  • Ctrl + A = Select all
  • Ctrl + C = Copy
  • Ctrl + Y = Redo the last action you performed
  • Ctrl + Z = Undo the last action you performed
  • Ctrl + Del = Delete the word to the right of the cursor
  • Ctrl + S = Save

What are your favorite/most used shortcuts in Word (or any other program)? Do you use shortcuts always, occasionally, or never? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.


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1 Comment

  1. Tahir Abbas

    June 5, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I need to get my publishing projects done nicely and quickly in order to spend more time with my family. These shortcuts have been a great way to do it for me.