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Office challenge: How can you discern an icon's keyboard shortcut?

Here's the solution to last week's challenge on positioning the cursor at the beginning of a Word document. This week, we're testing your general Office expertise: How do you display an icon's keyboard shortcut?
By default, Office applications display hints, called ScreenTips, when you hover the mouse over an icon. For instance, if you hover the mouse over the Format Painter icon, the ScreenTip displays "Format Painter." Many of these icons also have shortcut keys that you can use execute the task from the keyboard. How can you display an icon's keyboard shortcut?

Last week we asked…

How do you position the cursor above a table in a Word document, when that table is the first thing in the document? Many of you responded with the answer I was looking for, but rcriswell was the first to respond: Press [Ctrl]+[Home] to position the cursor at the beginning of the table, and then press [Enter] to insert a new blank line and push the table or graphic down. A few of you knew other tricks for getting the job done:

  • warrior114: Press [Ctrl]+[Shift] and then press enter.
  • bkreamer: Select the table and then choose Split Table from the Table menu.
  • RayG314: Press PageUp and then press Enter. That works!
  • Falysi: Insert a page break.

Thanks to everyone for a great challenge!

About

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

6 comments
helmma
helmma

Office 2007: Press the ALT key.

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

Right-click on a toolbar, select Customize, then check Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips

Darryl~
Darryl~

To add keyboard shortcut to the screen tips: - Click on Tools \ Customize from the menu - In the Customize window, select the Options tab and click on the check box next to Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips (make sure Show ScreenTips on toolbars is also checked). Then click the Close button. To Scroll Through Toolbar Icons: - F10 to select the toolbars - Ctrl-Tab to select the toolbar desired - Arrow keys to select icon desired - Enter - to involk the action

ThumbsUp2
ThumbsUp2

(1) Right click a blank area of the toolbar and choose Customize. (2) Make sure "Show ScreenTips on toolbars" is checked, then make sure "Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips" is also checked. (3) Click Close to get out.

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

If I point to File Open, it says "Open (Ctrl+O)". Point to Bold, it says "Bold (Ctrl+B)", and so on. Don't ask me why mine is any different than yours! The only thing I found (after a cursory inspection, I admit) is in the "Office" button options, Word Options, Screen tip style - off altogether, or on with / without descriptions. Nothing to switch off only the keyboard shortcut tips.

Prague
Prague

That's great for when my wireless mouse needs to recharge!