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Basic Shortcut Keys for Navigating Through Documents

Navigating With Shortcut Keys

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There is no doubt that the mouse and the GUI (Graphical User Interface) revolutionized computers, making computing a more intuitive, user friendly experience. Unfortunately, one’s reliance on the mouse is not necessarily a good thing: While most people are comfortable using the mouse to scroll through documents and position the cursor where they need it, shortcut keys are a more efficient way to navigate through your document. Further, for certain things, such as creating macros, you must use the keyboard to navigate -- that means you must use shortcut keys. Learning these basic shortcut keys will prepare you for macros and have you moving through your document like greased lightening!


Arrow Keys Moves the cursor one place in the respective direction
Ctrl + Left Arrow Moves the cursor one word to the left
Ctrl + Right Arrow Moves the cursor one word to the right
Ctrl + Down Arrow Moves the cursor to the top of the next paragraph
Ctrl + Up Arrow Moves the cursor to the top of the previous paragraph

Page Down Displays the next screen
Ctrl + Page Down Moves the cursor to the top of the next page
Ctrl + Alt + Page Down Moves the cursor to the bottom of the window
Page Up Displays the previous screen
Ctrl + Page Up Moves the cursor to the top of the previous page
Ctrl + Alt + Page Up Moves the cursor to the top of the window

End Moves to the end of the current line
Ctrl + End Moves the cursor to the end of the document
Home Moves to the beginning of the current line
Ctrl + Home Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document

Ctrl + G Opens the go to tab in the find and replace dialog box
Ctrl + F Opens the find tab in the find and replace dialog box
Ctrl + H Opens the replace tab in the find and replace dialog box

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