Word Keyboard Navigation

One of the ironies of using computer software programs with a graphical interface is that you have to move at least one hand from the keyboard to the mouse in order accomplish some command or task. When using a word processing program most users immediately reach for their mouse to move the insertion point to a new location, or to look at another portion of the document. This is very inefficient considering that you will be moving your hand back to the keyboard to continue typing once you have moved to the new location.

This article explains some of the methods to navigate a document with the keyboard when using Microsoft Word. These keyboard shortcuts should work in Word 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. NOTE: The ‘+’ between the key names indicates that you have to press the keys at the same time.

Keystroke(s) Movement
Left or Right Arrow One character left or right
Up or Down Arrow One line up or down
Ctrl+(Left or Right) Arrow One word left or right
Ctrl+(Up or Down) Arrow One paragraph up or down
Home or End Beginning or end of line
Ctrl+(Home or End) Beginning or end of document
Page Up or Page Down One screen up or down
Ctrl+Alt+(Page Up or Page Down) Top or bottom of the window
Ctrl+(Page Up or Page Down) Previous or next instance of browse object

Even remembering half of these navigation tips will make you more efficient at moving around a Word document.

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