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Many tasks in Microsoft Word can be accomplished using keystroke combinations rather than pointing and clicking the mouse. Remembering these keystrokes can be difficult.
Back in the days of DOS, whenever users wanted to do something like change a font or print they had to remember arcane keyboard combinations. Windows made applications easier to learn by implementing a GUI and drop down menus requiring the use of a mouse. This made applications easier to learn but a little less efficient, because it forced the user to let go of the keyboard to accomplish simple tasks. Knowing the proper keyboard commands allows users to quickly do things without having to reach for the mouse.
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Microsoft didn't completely do away with the keyboard combinations used in old DOS word processing programs. Some of the most important Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts you can use include:
This chart includes only a partial list of the keyboard shortcuts available in Microsoft Word. For a complete list, you can either check the Help function in Microsoft Word or check out Microsoft's Web Site. You can obtain Excel shortcut information from TechRepublic's Quick Reference: Microsoft Office Pack.