I've been using Word tables for years. They're efficient and easy to insert and format. Recently, I wanted to enter a tab character between phrases in a single table cell. But when you press Tab in a table, Word positions the cursor in the next cell. At first, I thought, Oh no.... but it didn't take me just a second to try Ctrl + Tab, which worked perfectly.
Office is consistent with this sort of trick — using Ctrl to enter a literal character, I mean. For instance, pressing Ctrl + Enter in an Access text box control positions the cursor in the following line, creating a second line of text in the control. Pressing just Enter gives focus to the next control in the sequence.
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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.