Word offers over 300 shortcuts as shipped, not including the menu shortcuts. This adds up to more shortcuts than any reasonable person would be willing to memorize. There are a few, however, that we’ve found are worth the effort.
F3 expands an autotext entry. If you use autotext very often, you’ll get the hang of this one. Simply type the abbreviation (such as your initials for your address) and hit F3 to replace the abbreviation with the fill entry.
Shift+F3 changes the case of letters. However, the effect of this shortcut depends on the selected text. The basic behavior cycles through all caps, all lowercase, and title capitalization (the first letter of each word capitalized). If the selection includes a sentence break, the shortcut cycles through all caps, all lowercase, and capitalization of the first word in each sentence.
F7 by itself performs a spell-check on the entire document. If you select a word or section first, however, F7 checks the spelling of only that word or selection. If you have the “Check Spelling As You Type” feature turned on, this shortcut probably won’t interest you. If you find that feature distracting and keep it off, you might find this shortcut quite useful.
Shift+F7 checks the thesaurus.
Mnemonic: There’s not really a good mnemonic, but remembering that the F7 key is associated with both spelling and thesaurus commands might help. Shift+F7 checks the thesaurus for the word the cursor is on or just past.
F9 updates the fields. Mnemonic: Again, there’s not really a good mnemonic. All shortcuts dealing with fields use the F9 function key, though. Remember that much and you can, at the very least, experiment with various keystroke combinations. F9 by itself updates the selected fields, if any, or just the field the cursor is in.
Shift+F9 switches between the field code and field result for selected fields.
Mnemonic: Shift between selected field codes and field results.
Alt+F9 switches between showing all field codes and their results.
Mnemonic: Show all (Alt) codes or results.
Ctrl+F9 inserts field markers.
Mnemonic: Control what goes into the field. If you know the field codes you need to enter, use Ctrl+F9 to insert both open and close markers for the field quickly, then type your codes between them. Hit F9 to calculate the field result.
Shift+Ctrl+F9 unlinks a field.
Mnemonic: Shift control from the field to the field result. This converts a calculated field result into permanent text or a permanent graphic.
Alt+Shift+D inserts Date field.
Mnemonic: Date. To insert the date as text, type Alt+Shift+D, then Backspace, followed by Ctrl+Shift+F9 again.
Alt+Shift+T inserts Time field.
Mnemonic: Time. Again, to make the insertion as text, follow the shortcut with Ctrl+Shift+F9.
Ctrl+Shift+S moves you to the Style drop-down box to pick a style.
Mnemonic: Take Control to shift the Style. Once you get to the Style text box, you can open the drop-down list with Alt-Down Arrow.
Ctrl++ formats characters as superscript
Ctrl+= formats characters as subscript.
Mnemonic: Superscript is +. Subscript is the unshifted form of +.
Ctrl+Spacebar returns font to the default format for the style. If you depend on styles for formatting, this is one of the most important shortcuts to learn–particularly if you collaborate with others who may not be familiar with styles.
Ctrl+Shift+* (asterisk) toggles between showing and hiding nonprinting characters. This is equivalent to clicking on the Show/Hide icon in the standard toolbar.
Alt+Shift+Up Arrow moves the paragraph up.
Alt+Shift+Down Arrow moves the paragraph down. (surprise hey!)This command moves the paragraph containing the cursor or selection one paragraph marker at a time.
Alt+Shift+Right (or Left) cycles the selected paragraph through all formats in the Style list.
Ctrl+Shift+> (Greater than sign) increases size (by various increments, depending on the current size).