Best Microsoft Word Shortcuts for Writers and Editors on a Mac

mac-computerIf you’ve ever used CMD + S to save a file or CMD + B to boldface something, you already know how to use Microsoft Word shortcuts. These keystroke combos save you time—and save your wrist from having to mouse up to the ribbon and make multiple clicks.

Here’s a list of our favorite shortcuts, including lesser-known ones that can turbocharge your efficiency.

You can also download the PDF version of these shortcuts. 

 

SELECT AND MOVE TEXT

CMD + A                             Select all

F8                                         Toggle between selecting word, sentence, paragraph, and all

OPT + SHFT +               Select word to the right of the cursor

CMD + SHFT +              Select letter/word to the left of the cursor

CMD + SHFT +                Select paragraph above the cursor CMD + SHFT + Select paragraph below the cursor CMD + C Copy

CMD + X                             Cut

CMD + V                             Paste

 

JUSTIFY THINGS

CMD + L                            Left justify text

CMD + R                            Right justify text

CMD + E                            Center text

CMD + SHFT + L             Bulletize text

 

INSERT COOL THINGS

OPT + SHFT + (minus on number pad)     Insert em dash

CMD + (minus on number pad)                   Insert en dash

CMD + SHFT + –                                              Insert non-breaking hyphen

 

INSERT BREAKS

CMD + Enter                                                   Insert page break

SHFT + Enter                                                  Insert manual line break

CMD + SHFT + Enter                                   Insert nonbreaking space

 

FORMAT THINGS

CMD + B                                                          Boldface

CMD + I                                                           Italicize

CMD + U                                                         Underline

CMD + SHFT +                                              Superscript

CMD + =                                                          Subscript

CMD + SHFT + >                                          Increase font size

CMD + SHFT + <                                          Decrease font size

 

NAVIGATE IN A NIFTY WAY

OPT +                                Jump one word to the right

OPT +                                Jump one word to the left

OPT +                                 Jump to the top of the paragraph above

OPT +                                 Jump to the top of the paragraph below

CMD + F                              Find an item

CMD + H                              Find and replace an item

 

DO THINGS, THEN UNDO THEM!

CMD + Z              Undo

CMD + Y              Redo

This post is part of a 12-part series featuring Dragonfly field guides, tips, and tricks. Feel free to share! 

You can also download the PDF version of these shortcuts. 

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