Make writing essays easier: 10 useful shortcuts on Word
Making Writing Essays Easier: 10 useful shortcuts on Word
Essay writing can be a major part of college and university courses, and can often be a daunting task for many new students.
Luckily, writing essays in Word (or composing lengthy emails in Outlook) need no longer be a drag, if you take a few minutes to teach yourself the following time-saving tips with Microsoft Word 2010. In addition to copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) there are plenty more handy short-cuts with Word, but these are the essential ones to remember to help you edit your essay with ease.
1. Shift + F3 - Lets you toggle through capitalisation options, saving lots of time and effort.
2. Ctrl + Shift + N - Applies the Normal (default) style, which is handy when you are working across multiple documents, programs and websites that each have different text formatting.
3. Ctrl + Shift + C - Copies the formatting of your selected text when you want to paste it into a new document.
4. Ctrl+ Shift + 8 - Will quickly and easily allow you to see whether stray formatting has crept into your essay by toggling hidden formatting marks on and off.
5. F4 - Repeats your most recent action, an incredibly handy shortcut and likely to be one that you will soon be using without even thinking about it.
6. Ctrl + H - Opens the Find and Replace dialog box with the Replace tab selected, for when you want to make sure something is (or isn't) in the essay that you have been slaving over for the last week!
7. Ctrl + drag text or an object - Creates a copy of the selected text or object, which is particularly useful when repositioning pictures and images in your essays.
8. Ctrl + Q - Removes paragraph formatting that is not part of your selected style, to ensure your work looks presentable.
9. Ctrl + 0 (zero) - Applies or removes 12 points of space above the current paragraph, which can massively improves the layout of your text.
10. Alt + drag pointer vertically - This is the quickest way to select a vertical block of text to copy and paste it elsewhere.
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