Before learning any new shortcut keys for Microsoft Word, you may wish to review the Common Shortcut Keys article in the Keyboard section.
Those basics are absolutely vital for saving time when working with Microsoft Word.
For the sake of completeness, I've included the common shortcut keys discussed from that article in these tables as well. So, you may see some shortcut keys you already know.
|Ctrl+B||Bold the selected text bold|
|Ctrl+I||Italicize the selected text italic|
|Ctrl+U||Underline the selected text|
|Ctrl+Shift+N||Apply "Normal" style|
|Ctrl+D||Open font options dialog box|
|Ctrl+Shift+F||Select font face in toolbar|
|Ctrl+Shift+P||Select font size in toolbar|
|Ctrl+]||Increase font size by one pt|
|Ctrl+[||Decrease font size by one pt|
|Ctrl+Shift+>||Increase font size|
|Ctrl+Shift+<<||Decrease font size|
|Ctrl+Spacebar||Reset to default font face|
Remember that you can use these shortcut keys both for existing text and for new text. To understand, let's look at the example of bolding text:
|Ctrl+Backspace||Delete the previous word|
|Ctrl+Del||Delete the next word|
|Ctrl+F||Find text in the current document|
|Ctrl+H||Replace text in the current document|
These shortcut keys are great for navigating around documents.
For example, I use Ctrl+RightArrow (move the cursor right one word) when I'm trying to edit a word in the middle of a line since it gets me there faster than picking up my mouse and clicking there.
I also use Ctrl+DownArrow (move the cursor to the next paragraph) to scan the entire document quickly.
|PageUp||Move the cursor up a page|
|PageDown||Move the cursor down a page|
|Home||Move the cursor to the beginning of the line|
|End||Move the cursor to the end of the line|
|Ctrl+Home||Move the cursor to the beginning of the document|
|Ctrl+End||Move the cursor to the end of the document|
|Ctrl+LeftArrow||Move the cursor left one word|
|Ctrl+RightArrow||Move the cursor right one word|
|Ctrl+UpArrow||Move the cursor to beginning of, or previous paragraph|
|Ctrl+DownArrow||Move the cursor to end of, or next paragraph|
The shortcut keys for selecting text are directly related to those that move the cursor around.
Just add a Shift:
|Shift+PageUp||Select everything between the cursor and a page previous|
|Shift+PageDown||Select everything between the cursor and a page after|
|Shift+Home||Select everything between the cursor and the beginning of the line|
|Shift+End||Select everything between the cursor and the end of the line|
|Shift+Ctrl+Home||Select everything betweeen the cursor and the beginning of the document|
|Shift+Ctrl+End||Select everything between the cursor and the end of the document|
|Shift+Ctrl+LeftArrow||Select the word to the left|
|Shift+Ctrl+RightArrow||Select the word to the right|
|Ctrl+C||Copy what's selected|
|Ctrl+X||Cut what's selected|
|Ctrl+V||Paste what you last copied or cut|
|Ctrl+O||Open existing document|
|F12||Save document as...|
|Ctrl+F6||Switch to the next open documewnt|
|Ctrl+Shift+F6||Switch to the previous open documewnt|
|Alt+F4||Exit Microsoft Word|
|F7||Open spellcheck dialog box|
|Shift+F7||Open thesaurus dialog box|
|Ctrl+Z||Undo your last action|
|Ctrl+Y||Redo your last action|
Microsoft Word also has support for some mouse shortcuts.
Overall, I recommend learning the keyboard shortcuts so you don't have to switch from keyboard to mouse to keyboard.
But, sometimes these can come in handy:
|Double-click a word||Select the word|
|Triple-click a word||Select the paragraph|
|Left-click the space on the left of a line||Select the line|
|Double-click the space on the left of a line||Select the paragraph|
|Ctrl+ScrollUp||Zoom in on the document|
|Ctrl+ScrollDown||Zoom out of the document|
|Click and drag some text||Select text from where you click and hold to where you let go|
|Click and drag the space on the left of a line||Select the lines you drag over|