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#161 Work Faster with Text Editing Shortcuts

April 11, 2013

It can be very time consuming to switch between using the mouse and the keyboard to edit text documents.  But with these shortcuts, you can perform functions such as selecting one word or one line at a time without touching the mouse:


  • CTRL+Left or Right Arrow – Skip the cursor ahead by one word
  • SHIFT+Left or Right Arrow – Select one character at a time
  • CTRL+SHIFT+Left or Right Arrow – Select one word at a time
  • SHIFT+Up or Down Arrow – Select one line at a time
  • CTRL+SHIFT+Up or Down Arrow – Select one paragraph at a time


These shortcuts work in Microsoft Office programs and WordPerfect documents.  You can also use these shortcuts to quickly format the text that you select:


  • CTRL+B – Bold
  • CTRL+I – Italic
  • CTRL+U – Underline


You can really speed up your workflow if you use these in conjunction with the shortcuts mentioned in this previous tip.

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