Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Creating a New
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closer look or take a longer view of what’s on the page.
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
If you’ve used earlier versions of Word, you know how much faster you can work
by keeping your hands on the keyboard. (That way, you can just keep typing, rather
than having to reach for the mouse, move it around, click a few times, reposition
your fingers—and then repeat the whole ordeal each time you need a command.)
So you may have learned certain keyboard shortcuts, such as Ctrl+C for copy and
Ctrl+V for paste. You’ll be pleased to know that these shortcuts work are alive and
kicking in Word 2010.
Starting with Word 2007—and continuing in Word 2010—Microsoft has revamped
the keyboard shortcut system, and it stars the Alt key. No longer do you have to
remember dozens of keystroke combinations. Just click Alt, and Word shows you
which key to press to perform the task you want, as shown in Figure 1-3. For
example, if you want to choose a task from the File menu, press Alt, then F (you don’t
have to hold the keys down at the same time) to open that menu. Similarly, to do
something on the Review tab, press Alt, then R. Each option on the menu or ribbon
is labeled with its own shortcut key, so you know what to press next.
To hide the labels, simply press Alt again or click anywhere on the screen.
Figure 1-3:
When you press the
Alt key, little
wordand number-labels
sprout onscreen,
indicating keyboard
shortcuts. Here, for
example, press N to
open the Insert tab, P
to open Page Layout,
and so on.
Creating a New Document
It doesn’t get much easier: Just open Word from the Start menu, and a fresh, new,
blank document, called Document1, appears with a blinking cursor at the beginning
of the first line. All you need to do is start typing.
Note: Opening Word directly from the Start menu creates a new blank document. But if you’ve already
opened Word (or if you opened Word by opening an existing document), then you need to use one of
the methods below to create a new document.
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