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The point of this post is not to teach you about a feature—no. Today I'm going to supply you with a shortcut—a technique, really— to access any feature at all. See, most everyone can get by in Word, but is that enough, to just "get by"? You want to soar; you want to finish that document artfully yet painlessly. So long, mouse; hello KeyTips.
Access keys provide a way to quickly use a command by pressing a few keystrokes, no matter where you are in the program (or, for that matter, on a web page). For example, if you press the ALT key, no matter where you are in your Word 2010 or 2007 document, letters called KeyTips pop up over each tab that's available in the current view on the bar. These provide a way to access any command on any part of the ribbon in just a few keystrokes.
Example: I open Word and press ALT. I want to go directly to the Page Layout tab, so I press P:
Once on the Page Layout tab, if I want to change the orientation of my document, I simply press O:
...and the choices for the subcommand Orientation pop up for me to choose:
This video explains it really well. I have a feeling you and KeyTips are going to be best buddies...
"If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone." — Jack Handy
Useful info, but where is the old Crabby? You know, you're Crabby so we don't have to be. Bring her back!
She's mellowed with age. And since there is not column,she has to write these daily posts very quickly and so there isn't a whole lot of space to be...crabby. I focus on info rather than personality, I'm afraid.
Loved your column, love your tips, now if only my company would upgrade my computer to something other than Office 1900. Sigh...
@ Marylyn: Your company should know that having employees using outdated software is wasting them money, not saving it. All of the newer versions of Office were created wtih efficiency and collaboration in mind - meaning, getting things done fast. THAT is saving time THAT means saving money.
Nice tips Crabby. Dont know since when I became avid reader of your posts. Keep exploring and keep sharing your knowledge :)
This will make working with Microsoft office so much easier.
Thank you so much.
I wonder if there is a tutorial where you can create shortcut keys which automatically inserts text you created?
WHERE IS CRABBYS COLUMN AND PROPER EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PROBLEMS?
@Susan: The Crabby column archives (from the past 8 years) are here: office.microsoft.com/.../CH010149515.aspx . I no longer write entire columns; I'm now a full-time blogger (something I dreamed of doing when I was a child...er, maybe not).
I am unable to provide one-on-one assitance to Office users; it's just me here and I just don't have the time and space to do it. However, you're welcome to write to me anyway because I often choose an email or post that a reader has sent me and put it up on the blog in hopes that other users may have the solution: MSFTCrabby@hotmail.com