Word 2016 Keyboard Shortcuts




Keyboard shortcuts allow you to perform actions using only your keyboard that otherwise you would perform with your mouse. Many people find that using the keyboard is faster than using the mouse because their hands are already positioned above the keyboard, if they are typing in text.

The greatest obstacle to overcome in becoming proficient at using Word keyboard shortcuts is memorising them. Once you know them, though, you’ll probably find that they speed up your work flow tremendously.

Listed here are some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts that you will probably want to use daily. There are many more keyboard shortcuts available, but I didn’t want to clutter the selection up with shortcuts you would be unlikely to use. You can also download this list in PDF format: Word 2016 Keyboard Shortcuts.

Shortcut Purpose
Ctrl + Home Jump to the top of the document
Ctrl + End Jump to the bottom of the document
Ctrl + right arrow Jump to the next word
Ctrl + left arrow Jump to the previous word
Ctrl + down arrow Jump to the next paragraph
Ctrl + up arrow Jump to the previous paragraph
Home Jump to the start of the line
End Jump to the end of the line
Ctrl + c Copy selected text/object
Ctrl + v Paste the copied text/object
Ctrl + x Cut selected text/object
Ctrl + w Close the document
Ctrl + z Undo the last operation
Ctrl + y Redo the last operation
Ctrl + s Save the document
F12 Save as
Ctrl + n Create a new document
Ctrl + o Open a document
Ctrl + p Print the document
Alt Display access keys
Ctrl + f Find
Alt + tab Alternate between open windows
Shift + left arrow Select or unselect one character to the left.
Shift + right arrow Select or unselect one character to the right.
Ctrl + shift + left arrow Select or unselect one word to the left
Ctrl + shift + right arrow Select or unselect one word to the right
Shift + end Select from the cursor to the end of the entry
Shift + home Select from the cursor to the beginning of the entry
Ctrl + b Make selected text bold
Ctrl + u Underline selected text
Ctrl + shift + w Underline selected words but not spaces
Ctrl + shift + d Double-underline text
Ctrl + i Make selected text italic
Ctrl + shift + < Decrease the font size of the selected text by one value
Ctrl + shift + > Increase the font size of the selected text by one value
Ctrl + g Go to a page, bookmark, footnote, table, comment, graphic, or other location
Alt + ctrl + m Insert a comment
Ctrl + delete Delete one word to the right
Ctrl + backspace Delete one word to the left
Shift + enter Insert a line breaks
Ctrl + enter Insert a page break
Alt + ctrl + c Insert a copyright symbol
Alt + ctrl + t Insert a trademark symbol
In a table: tab To jump to the next cell in the table
In a table: shift + tab To jump to the previous cell in the table
Ctrl + shift + c Copy formatting from text
Ctrl + shift + v Apply copied formatting to text
F1 Display help