Control your document with Control shortcuts!
So, what are Control shortcuts? In short, it’s a function that can really speed up the typing process. By pressing the CTRL key on your PC keyboard or laptop with one (or sometimes two) other keys, you can keep your fingers on the keyboard instead of selecting your required action using your mouse. On a Mac, you would need to press the Command key.
Working this way may take a little getting used to, but with practice and repetition it will soon become second nature and you’ll be pleased you persevered.
Below is a list of our most used Control shortcuts when using Microsoft Word on a PC or laptop:
Ctrl + A – Selects all your text or objects
Ctrl + B – Makes your selected text bold
Ctrl + C – Copies your text or object
Ctrl + F – Opens up the search bar to Find text
Ctrl + H – Opens up the Find and Replace menu
Ctrl + I – Makes your selected text italic
Ctrl + P – Opens the Print menu
Ctrl + S – Saves your document – we use this constantly to ensure our transcripts are saved!
Ctrl + U – Underlines your selected text
Ctrl + V – Pastes your copied or cut text or object
Ctrl + X – Cuts your selected text or object
Ctrl + Y – Re-does any undone action
Ctrl + Z – Will undo the last action, you can also press this again to undo previous actions
There are many more CTRL keyboard shortcuts than those listed above. If you search for “control function for [insert your action]” or “keyboard shortcut for [insert your action]” there is a good chance there is a solution available!