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Shortcut Keys

Shortcut keys are combinations of keyboard keys that, when pressed, choose a menu command without displaying the menu. For example, the shortcut key for the Paste command under the Edit menu (Figures 5 and 7) is . Pressing this key combination chooses the command.

✓ Tips

  • All shortcut keys use at least one of the following modifier keys:

    Key NameKeyboard Key
    Command
    Shift
    Option
    Control


  • A menu command’s shortcut key appears to its right on the menu (Figure 7).

  • Many shortcut keys are standardized from one application to another. The Save and Print commands are good examples; they’re usually and .

  • Mac OS X introduced several new standard shortcut keys, including (Hide application) and (Minimize Window). Keep this in mind if you’re a longtime Word user and used these shortcuts to access the Change and Indent commands in Word.

  • Appendix A includes a list of Word’s shortcut keys.



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