Useful Web Sites about Word
This is the Web site created collaboratively by the Microsoft Word MVPs. It has a world of information about how to use Word and how to solve problems in Word. The content ranges from brief answers to Frequently Asked Questions to lengthy tutorials on Word features. Many of the links below are to this site.
This is my Web site for articles about Word. Some of the links below are to that site.
Basic Concepts of Microsoft Word
If you are interested in a very basic printed introduction to Word, see my review of Word 2003 Personal Trainer
Web Pages Relevant to My Presentation
The text of my presentation and other related materials are posted here
What do all those funny marks, like the dots between the words in my document, and the square bullets in the left margin, mean?
Is There Life After “Reveal Codes”?
Word is always making changes I don’t expect. How can I get more control over my formatting?
How to assign a Word command or macro to a toolbar or menu
How to assign a Word command or macro to a hot-key
Assigning custom button faces to your toolbar and menu buttons
Ruler of all you survey: How to make the best use of Word’s rulers
Setting tabs: Or how to prevent tabbed paragraphs from going all over the place when pasted between documents
What Is AutoText and How Do I Use It?
How to change the default settings for Word documents
What is the difference between the Normal and Body Text styles?
I selected a block of text and pressed Delete (or Backspace) and nothing happened!
How can I make Word save or back up my document automatically?
How does Track Changes in Microsoft Word work?
How to delete a “blank page” in Word
Other Useful Articles
Why use Word’s built-in heading styles?
How the Styles and Formatting pane works in Word 2002 and 2003
Creating a Template - The Basics (Part I)
How can I insert special characters, such as dingbats and accented letters, in my document?
How to create a table of contents in Microsoft Word
How to set up a letter template
For Further Help
Word home page at Microsoft Office Online: links to downloads, updates, templates, tutorials, etc.
Microsoft Office Communities: online forums in which you can ask questions about Word
Microsoft Support Search page: search for articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base that deal with specific problems
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts
You can find more shortcuts by searching Word’s Help file for “keyboard shortcuts” or “shortcut keys.” You can print the Help topic if you wish.
Shortcuts for Formatting Paragraphs
Ctrl+Q = Remove manual paragraph formatting
Ctrl+L = Align Left
Ctrl+E = Align Center
Ctrl+R = Align Right
Ctrl+J = Justify
Ctrl+0 = Add/remove 12 points Space Before
Ctrl+1 = Single spacing
Ctrl+2 = Double spacing
Ctrl+5 = 1½-line spacing
Ctrl+M = Increase first-line indent by one tab stop
Ctrl+Shift+M = Decrease first-line indent by one tab stop
Ctrl+T = Increase left indent by one tab stop
Ctrl+Shift+T = Decrease left indent by one tab stop
Shortcuts for Formatting Text
Ctrl+U = Underline
Ctrl+I = Italic
Ctrl+B = Bold
Ctrl+Shift+A = All capitals
Ctrl+Shift+K = Small capitals
Ctrl+Equals Sign = Subscript
Ctrl+Plus Sign = Superscript
Ctrl+Spacebar = Remove manual character formatting
Other Useful Shortcuts
Ctrl+S = Save
Ctrl+P = Open Print dialog
Ctrl+C = Copy
Ctrl+X = Cut
Ctrl+V = Paste
Ctrl+Shift+C = Copy formatting
Ctrl+Shift+V = Paste formatting
Shift+Enter = Insert line break
Ctrl+Enter = Insert page break (avoid wherever possible)
Ctrl+Shift+Space = Nonbreaking space
Ctrl+Shift+Hyphen = Nonbreaking hyphen
Ctrl+Hyphen = Optional hyphen
Ctrl+F = Find
Ctrl+H = Replace
Ctrl+Z = Undo (probably the most important shortcut of all!)
Ctrl+Y or F4 = Repeat last action