Best Word Shortcuts for Writers Mac

If 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.

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 nonbreaking 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