Universal Keyboard Shortcuts

Commonly used keyboard combinations

Ctrl+N

Open a new word document quickly.

Ctrl+X

Cut- Removes the selection from the active document and places it on the clipboard.

Ctrl+O

Opens a previously saved document.

Ctrl+C

Copies the selection to the clipboard

Ctrl+W

Closes the active window, but does not Exit Word.

Ctrl+V

Paste - Inserts the contents of the clipboard at the insertion point (cursor) or whatever is selected.

Ctrl+S

Saves the active document with its current file name, location and format.

Ctrl+A

Selects all text and graphics in the active window.

Ctrl+P

Prints the active file, also gives the opportunity to change print options

Ctrl+F

Find - Searches for specified text in the active document

Alt+F4

Exit - Closes Microsoft Word.

Ctrl+B

Bold - Formats selected text; make text bold, or remove bold formatting

Ctrl+Z

Undo the last action. This selection can be repeated several times.

Ctrl+I

Italic - Formats selected text; make text italic or remove italic

Ctrl+Y

Redo - After an action has been undone, it can be reinstated in the document.

Ctrl+U

Underline - Formats selected text; make text underlined or remove underline

Less commonly used keyboard combinations

Ctrl+1

Single Space

Ctrl+T

Create a hanging indent

Ctrl+2

Double Space

Ctrl+M

Indent a paragraph from the left

Ctrl+5

1.5 Line Spacing

Shift+F3

Change case of the letters

Ctrl+Shift+W

Underline words but not spaces

Ctrl+Backspace

Delete one word to the left

Ctrl+Shift+D

Double underline text

Ctrl+Del

Delete one word to the right

Ctrl+E

Center a paragraph

Shift+Enter

Line Break

Ctrl+J

Justify a paragraph

Ctrl+Enter

Page Break

Ctrl+L

Left align a paragraph

Ctrl+Shift+>

Increase selected text size in increments

Ctrl+R

Right align a paragraph

Ctrl+Shift+<

Decrease selected text size in increments

If text is already selected and you want to extend the selection area
extend selection one character to the left

Extend selection one character to the left

Shift+extend selection one character to the right

Extend selection one character to the right

Ctrl+Shift+extend selection to the end of a word

Extend selection to the end of a word

Ctrl+Shift+extend selection to the beginning of a word

Extend selection to the beginning of a word

If you want to move the cursor
one character to the right

One character to the right

one character to the left

One character to the left

Ctrl+one word to the right

One word to the right

Ctr+one word to the left

One word to the left

End
End of line
Home
Beginning of line
Ctrl+End

To the end of a document

Ctrl+Home

To the beginning of a document

This list is by no means complete.
To find other keyboard combinations check the Word help index.