Most of us probably spend more time formatting our documents than we should, so shortcuts matter. You could spend time looking for the right options, but sometimes a double-click provides quicker access to formatting options. Here's a few:
- Double-click the horizontal or vertical ruler to open the Page Setup dialog.
- Double-click the indent marker on the horizontal ruler to open the Paragraph dialog (my personal favorite).
- Double-click the Move Table Columns marker (the small squares you see when you're in a table) on the horizontal ruler to display the Tables Properties dialog.
- Double-click the Proofing Errors indicator to display the Readability Statistics.
- Double-click the title bar (top of the screen) to restore the window. This is the same as clicking Restore Down in the top-right corner, but those buttons aren't always available.
- Double-click a tab to hide the ribbon.
- Double-click the header or footer area to open it for editing.
- Double-click an AutoShape to display the context-sensitive Formatting toolbar.
A click, right-click, or double-click can often expose shortcuts and unknown options. What clicking shortcuts do you rely on?
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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.