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Office challenge: What keyboard shortcuts let you change the size of a word or phrase in Word ?

Test your Word keyboard shortcut knowledge in this week's challenge and learn the solution to last week's puzzler on documenting library references in Access.

This Queen of Keyboard Shortcuts recently suffered humiliating defeat during a keyboard showdown with a colleague. I tuned in and my hot little fingers were smoking, and then...  it happened: I was stumped.

"No!" I cried in disbelief. "There's no such shortcut!"

What shortcut solution cost me my title? Name the keyboard shortcuts for increasing and decreasing the font size of the current word or selected text in a Word document. The true shame is that had I really been focused, I could have figured it out. That's your clue. Using the Font Size control on the Formatting toolbar is so quick and easy that I've never bothered to look for a keyboard shortcut, but there is one. Do you know it?

Calling all challengers: Got a little known keyboard shortcut you think will stump everyone? Post your shortcut challenge below!

Last week we asked…

How can you get a list of referenced libraries for an Access database? Libraries provide additional functionality to Office applications. Access, by default depends on the VBA and Access application library, but there are many others. For instance, a lot of developers still depend heavily on DAO (Data Access Objects), even though ADO (ActiveX Data Objects) has been the default object library for a long time.

Knowing what libraries a database references is important to the developer and something you'll probably want to document using the following function:

Public Sub ListLibraryReferences()
  'Print all library references to Immediate window.
   Dim ref As Access.Reference
   For Each ref In Access.References
      Debug.Print "Name: " & ref.Name
   Next ref
   Set ref = Nothing
End Sub

This function cycles through the Reference collection and prints the name of each reference library in the Immediate window. You can also add the following line to print the path to each file:

Debug.Print "Path: " & ref.FullPath

Thanks to ESchlangen for meeting this challenge by providing similar code.

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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.

24 comments
kdavis
kdavis

I've used CTRL + shift + > and < for years, but I'm going to start using CTRL + [ and ] now. Faster, and I rarely want the font to increase or decrease more than 1 point. Does anyone else routinely decrease the size of bolded words? When I put something in bold I decrease the size to make it more in line with the non-bold charcters. I think it looks better, but it may just be me. My favorite keyboard short cuts? CTRL + Z and CTRL + Y. :) (Delete and Restore)

raikhi
raikhi

CTRL+SHIFT+> / < after selecting the word. - like the others said. Been using it for YEARS.

stapleb
stapleb

Ctrl ] to increase by one point Ctrl [ to decrease by one point Ctrl + Shift + > to increase to next point size in the toolbar/ribbon list Ctrl + Shift + < to decrease to previous point size in the toolbar/ribbon list Ctrl + Shift + P to move into the point size list in the toolbar, type the size I want, then Enter to complete (will not work in 2007 - it opens Format Font) And when I have messed up totally, Ctrl + Spacebar to remove all character formatting.

Art_Jeffries
Art_Jeffries

I have been using this since I discovered it many years ago. It works in all Office applications plus in some other places I can't remember now. It is done pressing CTRL + < (to decrease) or CTRL + > (to increase size). Since the < > symbols share the same spot with the comma and the period respectively the SHIFT key is usually required to be involved, and you end up using CTRL + SHIFT + < or CTRL + SHIFT + >

happymedia_dz
happymedia_dz

Hi, I'm using a french edition and the shortcuts are To Increase : CTRL + (Shift) > To Decrease : CTRL +

mtokumaru
mtokumaru

Ctrl+shift+< makes it smaller Ctrl+shift+> makes it bigger

rlopes
rlopes

Ctrl + Shift + > (greater than) increases font size Ctrl + Shift + < (less than) decreases font size

rlopes
rlopes

Ctrl + Shift + > (greater than) increases font size Ctrl + Shift + < (less than) decreases font size Ctrl + ] increases font by 1 point Ctrl + [ decreases font by 1 point

heyyoucraig
heyyoucraig

Obviously you have the answer in Ctrl +[ / ] but you should know how to select that text using the keyboard (if your mouse/kvm switch etc has died)..... Starting at the beginning of the word you want selected; Shift + Arrow keys select single letters, Shift + Ctrl + left/right arrow keys select words. Shift + Ctrl + up/down arrow keys select lines and paragraphs. Shift + Page UP/DOWN selects pages above and below cursor. Shift + Ctrl + HOME selects everything above the cursor and END selects everything below the cursor. Happy Keyboarding

2009deborah
2009deborah

CTRL-Shift > to increase; CTRL-Shift< to descrease font size.

suntzu66
suntzu66

try ctrl +] to enlarge text; or ctrl +[ to lower text.

terry
terry

CTL SHIFT > increases one Font Size as available in the Font menu eg 36 to 48 CTL ] increases one point size eg 36 to 37. (NOTE: No SHIFT) and corresponding decreases

lapurapaja
lapurapaja

The following sequences allow you to change the font size: CTRL+SHIFT+P will allow you to change it to the size of your choosing by typing the number in the font size box. CTRL+SHIFT+> increases the size by two (2) points CTRL+SHIFT+< decreases the size by two (2) points CTRL+] increases the size by one (1) point CTRL+[ decreases the size by one (1) point Vico Romero... and stand corrected by post made by LEN22 & Old Baritone... CTRL+SHIFT+> / < increases/decreases by next font size available in drop list...

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

Ctrl-Shift-. makes it bigger and Ctrl-Shift-, makes it smaller. Also, Ctrl-shift-F brings up the font dialog box.

DevD00982
DevD00982

Ctrl+Shift+> to Increase Ctrl+Shift+< to Decrease

len222
len222

This works in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook (if the Word editor is in use).

SamFrench
SamFrench

Used to be you could assign/remove any key combination you felt like, in case you were used to other ways of doing things (common reason: the biproduct of spreadsheet training which began in Lotus or Quattro Pro.) Some day, though, Ctrl + E will center the contents of a cell (or a column of text, whatever you've selected.) Ctrl + A,B,I,L,W, and U all work as "expected" when formatting cell contents but Ctrl+E has yet to remain a part of that "standard" in MS-Excel --up to and including 2007. You just get the system "thud" indicating you've done something wrong.

heyyoucraig
heyyoucraig

Nice I did not know this combo Cheers

TaDaH
TaDaH

I use: Ctrl+Shift+> and Ctrl+Shift+

hardestadt
hardestadt

Very useful for touch typists... Ctrl + [ (increase), Ctrl + ] (decrease)

steve.mccurdy
steve.mccurdy

Ctrl+Shift+< reduces size by one and Crtl+Shift+> increases size after highlighting characters or blocks. Also Ctrl+Shift+"+" superscripts as exponent.

Ryk
Ryk

I think it's a hold-over from earlier versions. A lot of times they re-work the keyboard shortcuts in new versions, but they keep the old ones for us long-time users.

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