MS Word 2003, 2007 and 2010 cheat sheets

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Microsoft Word is, by far, the most widely used word processing program in the world today.  You really need to know how to use it whether you are a business owner, an employee, or a student.  However, while Word is fairly intuitive, there are a LOT of features built into it that you may not know about.

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Here’s an example:  in a Word document, put your cursor at the end of a word.  Hold down Shift, and tap the left arrow on your keyboard a few times.  You can highlight a whole word that way.  I just thought of that one because I used it this past week.

Another one: Hold down Ctrl, and click on any word in a sentence.  The entire sentence is highlighted, no matter how long it is or how many lines it carries over.

Word is filled with these little tricks to make your word processing tasks easier.  Fortunately, some nice people at various organizations have been nice enough to itemize these shortcuts and tips into cheat sheets.  I found some good ones and you can access them at the links below, depending on what version of Word you use.

Microsoft Word 2003/XP cheat sheet (thanks to the University of Nebraska) – this is an 8-page PDF file

Microsoft Word 2007 cheat sheet (thanks to CustomGuide) – a 2-page PDF file

Microsoft Word 2010 cheat sheet (from Word 2010 for Dummies) – this is actually just a web page promoting the “Dummies” book, but it does offer some good tips and shortcuts for the newest version of Word

Do you know of any good quick references for Word?  Feel free to mention them in comments, below.

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November 10th, 2010

In Microsoft Paint especially, I know you can click Ctrl+V to paste a picture or something like that. I feel it is much easier than searching through the File, Edit, etc.since it has been revamped from Word and you cannot right click to activate a mini-menu.

The same is applicable in Word as well, I’ve noticed.

November 17th, 2010

You can also press Ctrl+U to underline; Ctrl+I to italicize, Ctrl+E to center your text; Ctrl+B to bold; Ctrl+L to toggle between left alignment and justified alignment; Ctrl+R to align your text to the right; and Ctrl+J to justify primarily.

That’s about all I can tell you without going into further depth in Word.