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Controlling Word 2011 with keyboard shortcuts

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Video: Controlling Word 2011 with keyboard shortcuts

If you're like me and you like to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts to work more efficiently, you'll be happy to know many of the keyboard shortcuts you use in Word 2008 are still available in Word 2011, but there are some additions and some changes. Here in Word 2008, for example, when you click File, you're going to notice a number of keyboard shortcuts off to the right for some of these commands. Notice it's Command+Shift+P for the Project Gallery. It appears right at the top of the File menu. Command+N for a New Document. Command+O to Open. Notice Save, and Save As doesn't have one here in Word 2008.

Controlling Word 2011 with keyboard shortcuts

If you're like me and you like to take advantage of keyboard shortcuts to work more efficiently, you'll be happy to know many of the keyboard shortcuts you use in Word 2008 are still available in Word 2011, but there are some additions and some changes. Here in Word 2008, for example, when you click File, you're going to notice a number of keyboard shortcuts off to the right for some of these commands. Notice it's Command+Shift+P for the Project Gallery. It appears right at the top of the File menu. Command+N for a New Document. Command+O to Open. Notice Save, and Save As doesn't have one here in Word 2008.

Command+P is a very popular one for printing. If we flip over to Word 2011 now and click the File menu, the first thing you'll notice at the top, it's not the Project Gallery; instead you will see Command+N for a new blank document. Then you we'll see New from Template as opposed to Project Gallery, and that is Command+Shift+P. So you'll actually choose from Templates here instead of the Project Gallery as it was called in Word 2008. Same shortcut to get there though. Notice Command+O for Open, but you can also open URLs here in Word 2011, so there is a shortcut for that: Command+Shift+O. Down below, we still have Command+W for closing, Command+S for saving, but we have one for Save As now: Command+Shift and the letter S. There is Command+P down at the bottom.

Of course, there is some new functionality built in to Word 2011 as well. So it's not a bad idea to go up to the Help menu, just type in 'keyboard' as the Search, and go down to Word keyboard shortcuts to see a full listing of the Word 2011 keyboard shortcuts. You can see, as you scroll down, they are all categorized. So if you want to go into the Editing, for example, just click the little arrow to expand it, and there's your copying. Notice there is one for copying styles Command+Shift+C. Command+Shift+V to paste a style.

In Word 2008, you might use that shortcut to make use of the Scrapbook, so that's one of those minor changes you're going to find when browsing through your keyboard shortcuts in your Help window here in Word 2011. But really, the good news is if you're accustomed to using those very commonly used keyboard shortcuts, they are still available to you here in Word 2011.

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