i. Note: the fonts jump between the sizes listed in the font drop-down list
2. Change font styles, from the keyboard
1. Control + B again makes it unbold
1. Control + I again to make it normal text
1. Control + U again to remove theunderline
iv. Control + R to right-align text
vi. Control + E to center text (“c” won’t work because it’s another shortcut!)
a. Move to beginning of a line: HOME key
b. Move to end of a line: END key
c. Move to beginning of document: Control + HOME key
d. Move to end of document: Control + END key
e. Move one character right/left: right/left ARROW keys
f. Jump one word at a time, right/left: Control + ARROW keys
h. Move one paragraph up/down: Control + ARROW keys
a. Now for the really fun part! Every single trick listed above in the “moving tricks” section will also highlight (select) text, if you just throw in the Shift key! This is mind-blowing, and so awesome! I will relist them for you, with the addition of the Shift key:
i. Highlight to beginning of a line: Shift + HOME key
ii. Highlight to end of a line: Shift + END key
iii. Select to beginning of document: Shift + Control + HOME key
iv. Select to end of document: Shift + Control + END key
v. Select one character right/left: Shift + right/left ARROW keys
vi. Select one word at a time, right/left: Shift + Control + ARROW keys
vii. Select one line up/down: Shift + up/down ARROW keys
b. Note: these tricks also deselect or un-highlight; just use them backwards! So if Shift + right ARROW selects one character to the right, Shift + left ARROW deselects to the left! Now you don’t have to worry if you overshoot on a selection; you have absolute control with these powerful techniques!
a. But wait, there’s more! Now this trick does use the mouse, so you can rest easy.
ii. Triple-click to select a paragraph
b. Shift-Click Trick. Now this one’s Killer! Have you ever tried to highlight a page and half, only to discover you went too far? Well, you can always adjust the selection with the techniques I have already shared above, or you could just use this fabulous little gem of a trick:
i. Click where you want the selection to start
ii. Hold the Shift key down, and while still holding shift key, click where you want the selection to end.
2. Hold shift a tiny bit longer than your mouse click; otherwise the selection will not work (it will just move the cursor).
a. This is such a powerful technique, and one I rarely ever see people use, that it deserves its own number. If you look closely at the picture, you will see the dotted red outline area to the left of the text. This area has a special name in word: it is called the Selection Bar:
b. Now with your mouse in the selection bar, the following tricks work:
i. Click to select a single line
ii. Double-click to select a paragraph
iii. Triple-click to select…the whole document!
c. This one is really worth your time, so play with it!
7. 4 Universal Tricks. We’ll finish out this article with the 4 most common shortcuts in all of Computerdom (or should I say, “computer-dumb”?), and another Word trick thrown in as well. These techniques work in Word, but they also work in every other program you have installed on your computer (OK, maybe 99.9%, but the point is, they are universal tricks). Perhaps you know these, but if you don’t, you need to! Here you go:
a. Undo: Control + Z
b. Redo: Control + Y (Word only)
c. Cut: Control + X (think, Exacto knife if it helps you to remember it)
d. Copy: Control + C
e. Paste: Control + V