Word 2016 Keyboard Command Roundup

By Dan Gookin

Part of Word 2016 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Word 2016 has many keyboard commands to offer you. Whether you use a computer with a honking 105-key keyboard or a tablet with no keyboard, word processing remains a keyboard-bound activity. The following tables show how to access Microsoft Word 2016’s commands and functions.

Here are all of the options you can utilize for cursor movement.

Pressing This Key Moves the Insertion Pointer . . .
uarr; Up one line of text
darr; Down one line of text
larr; Left to the next character
Right to the next character
Ctrl+uarr; Up one paragraph
Ctrl+darr; Down one paragraph
Ctrl+larr; Left one word
Ctrl+→ Right one word
PgUp Up one screen
PgDn Down one screen
Home To start of current line
End To end of current line
Ctrl+Home To top of document
Ctrl+End To bottom of document

Here are some basic editing commands that are always helpful when word processing.

Copy Ctrl+C
Cut Ctrl+X
Paste Ctrl+V
Undo Ctrl+Z

Check out these useful commands when you need to do some text formatting.

Bold Ctrl+B
Italic Ctrl+I
Double underline Ctrl+Shift+D
Word underline Ctrl+Shift+W
Small caps Ctrl+Shift+K
Superscript Ctrl+Shift++
Subscript Ctrl+=
Clear formatting Ctrl+spacebar
Grow font Ctrl+Shift+>
Shrink font Ctrl+Shift+<
ALL CAPS Ctrl+Shift+A
Font dialog box Ctrl+D

Here are some commands that will help simplify paragraph formatting.

Center text Ctrl+E
Left-align Ctrl+L
Right-align Ctrl+R
One-line spacing Ctrl+1
1-1/2-line spacing Ctrl+5
Two-line spacing Ctrl+2
Justify Ctrl+J
Indent Ctrl+M
Unindent Ctrl+Shift+M
Hanging indent Ctrl+T
Un-hang indent Ctrl+Shift+T

And just for fun, here are some popular Word keyboard shortcuts.

Help F1
Cancel Escape
Go back Shift+F5
New document Ctrl+N
Open screen Ctrl+O
Print Ctrl+P
Close document Ctrl+W
Quick save Ctrl+S
Repeat Ctrl+Y
Find Ctrl+F
Find and replace Ctrl+H
Insert hard page break Ctrl+Enter

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out these uncommon (but useful) Word keyboard shortcuts.

Go to F5
Show/hide nonprinting characters Ctrl+Shift+8
File screen Alt+F
Styles task pane Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S
Word count Ctrl+Shift+G
Symbol font Ctrl+Shift+Q
Print Layout view Ctrl+Alt+P
Draft (normal) mode Ctrl+Alt+N
Outline mode Ctrl+Alt+O
Split window Alt+Ctrl+S
Track revisions Alt+Shift+E

And finally, here are some commands that insert something.

Today’s date Alt+Shift+D
Current time Alt+Shift+T
Paste special Alt+Ctrl+V
Footnote Alt+Ctrl+F
Endnote Alt+Ctrl+D
Comment Ctrl+Alt+M