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The best shortcuts for Microsoft Word

Currently, any help that we have to perform our tasks faster, is always welcome. For obtain more efficiency is a good idea think about acquiring more hardware capable such as faster RAM and processors with more cores, but we should never underestimate the power of keyboard shortcuts.

As we know, a shortcut is a combination of keys that are if pressed all together, perform an action which otherwise should be accessed using the mouse. This means that with a key combination we get a higher speed. If the shortcut is often used, it is very easy to remember the key combination.

Word shortcuts

Unfortunately, despite its usefulness, often the mouse plays against us, delaying our work. That is why in this article, find the best shortcuts for use with Microsoft Word.

The keys used in these combinations are the “normal” keys on the keyboard with some “special” keys.

Ctrl + A: Open a document

Ctrl + R: Close a document

Ctrl + U: Create a new document of the same type as the current

Ctrl + Shift + C: Copy text format

Ctrl + Shift + F: Change the font

Ctrl + Shift + M: Change the font size

Ctrl + Shift + P: Underline words but not spaces

Ctrl + Shift + R: Remove the left indent a paragraph

Ctrl + Shift + U: Converts characters to uppercase

Ctrl + F3: Cut to Paste Special

Ctrl + Alt + F12: Displays the open command

Ctrl + Alt + Page Up: Move to the top of the window

Ctrl + Alt + Page Up: Move to the bottom of the page

Word shortcuts

Ctrl + Shift + F3: Inserts the contents from Paste Special

Ctrl + Shift + F6: Go to the previous window

Ctrl + Shift + F7: Update linked information in a source document

Ctrl + Shift + F8: Extend a selection or block

Ctrl + Shift + F10: Displays the rule

Ctrl + Shift + F12: Displays the window print

Ctrl + F2: Choose the preview command

Ctrl + F4: Close the window

Ctrl + F5: Restore the size of the document window

Ctrl + F6: Go to the next document window

Ctrl + F10: Maximize the document window

Alt + F7: Find the next misspelling or grammatical

Alt + F10: Maximize the program window

Ctrl + Alt + T: Insert the trademark symbol

Alt + Shift + F2: Displays the save

Ctrl + Alt + A: Opens a document

Alt + Ctrl + D: Switch to print layout view

Ctrl + Alt + E: Switches to outline view

Alt + Ctrl + I: Enables or disables the preview

Alt + Ctrl + N: Switch to normal view

Alt + Ctrl + O: Insert a footnote

Ctrl + Alt + R: Inserts the registered trademark symbol

F4: Repeat the last action

F7: Choose the Spelling command and start the verification

Shift + F2: Copy text

Shift + F3: Change case sensitive

Shift + F4: Repeat action or Go Search

Shift + F7: Choose the Thesaurus command

Shift + F8: Reduce a selection

Insert watermarks in Microsoft Word documents

Maybe one of the most interesting aspects of Microsoft Word is the possibility it offers us to insert watermarks on your documents. Watermarks are a kind of invisible signature and that will help us customize our work and prevent the same can be easily plagiarized. In addition, they can also give documents in Word a much more professional appearance.

Many Word users use these watermarks to identify a document with labels such as “Confidential,” “Draft”, “Urgent”, “Private” and others, to allowing the naked eye know what type of document file is.

Insert watermark in word

If you are currently working in Word and want to try this feature, in this tutorial you will learn to add a watermark on your documents quickly and easily.

To do so, follow the instructions below:

Insert watermarks in Word 2003

Insert watermark in word

Step 1. We drove to the “Format” menu and next select “Background”.

Step 2. Then click on the “Printed Watermark” button.

Step 3. Microsoft Word then displays a window with several watermarks pre-configured and ready to use.

Step 4. In this window you can select the text to be used as a watermark and change its format and position (horizontal or diagonal). We will also can select an image to be displayed instead of a text.

Insert watermarks in Word 2007

Insert watermark in word

Step 1. We drove to the “Page Layout” option and then click on the “Watermark” button.

Step 2. Then the Word will display a window with several watermarks pre-configured and ready to use.

Step 3. At this point, all we have to do is select the watermark that we like for it to appear on all pages of the document. If you want to change the text of the watermark, alter their position or insert an image, simply clicking the “Watermark” button and select the “Custom Watermark” option.

Insert watermarks in Word 2010

Insert watermark in word

From this version, Word was redesigned keeping in mind that the user should be able to find and use different options of the software easily, and that is why now manipulate the elements within a document in Word 2010 is so simple.

Similarly, insert a watermark in the paper is a really simple task, and all you have to do is:

Step 1. Click in the “Page Layout” option in the new Word Ribbon and select the “Watermark” option.

Step 2. Then, Word will show a window with several watermarks pre-configured and ready to use.

In the event that none of these options is useful, you can click on the “Custom watermarks” option. Notably we can also use an image as a watermark.

Insert watermarks in Word 2013

Insert watermark in word

This version of Word offers almost the same layout of the graphic elements that the 2010 version, however, add a watermark in Word 2013 is a little different, as we will see below.

Step 1. Click in the “Design” option in the new Word Ribbon and select the “Watermark” option.

Step 2. Then, Word will show a window with several watermarks pre-configured and ready to use.

In the event that none of these options is useful, you can click on the “Custom watermarks” option. Also we can also use an image as a watermark.