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“Ctrl”ing Microsoft Word – 10 Useful “Ctrl” Key Shortcuts for Everyday Use

Ctrl C and Ctrl V keyboard keys on a green background

Microsoft Word can be a valuable tool for law enforcement professionals for various tasks related to documentation, report writing, and administrative responsibilities. Many of these tasks can become repetitive and time-consuming.

Did you know Keyboard shortcuts can save you up to 8 working days annually?

Keyboard shortcuts allow users to perform actions quickly and efficiently without needing to navigate menus and ribbons with the mouse. This can save a significant amount of time when working on documents. Keyboard shortcuts can increase overall productivity by reducing the time needed to perform everyday tasks. This is especially beneficial for people who work with Word regularly or for extended periods.

Here are some of our favorite Microsoft Word “Ctrl” shortcuts:

  • Ctrl + A – Select All

  • Ctrl + BBolds the highlighted text

  • Ctrl + C – Copies the highlighted information to the clipboard

  • Ctrl + IItalicizes the selected text

  • Ctrl + P – Opens the Print Dialog

  • Ctrl + S – Saves the Word Document

  • Ctrl + UUnderlines the selected text

  • Ctrl + V – Pastes the information stored on the clipboard

  • Ctrl + X – Cuts the highlighted information (to the clipboard)

  • Ctrl + Z – Undo the previous edit

Keyboard shortcuts are a valuable tool for Microsoft Word users to streamline their work, improve efficiency, and enhance the overall user experience. Learning and using keyboard shortcuts can significantly benefit anyone using Word for document creation and editing.


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