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Hour 12. Handy Editing Techniques > Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

In the preceding section, you learned how to create a keyboard shortcut for a macro. You can also create keyboard shortcuts for AutoText entries, styles, fonts, common symbols, or any Word command that you use frequently. To do so, follow these steps:

1.
Choose Tools, Customize to display the Customize dialog box.

2.
Click the Keyboard button to display the Customize Keyboard dialog box (see Figure 12.29).

Figure 12.29. Use the Customize Keyboard dialog box to add keyboard shortcuts for tasks you perform frequently.


3.
On the left side of the dialog box, click the category that contains the command for which you want to assign a keyboard shortcut. (Scroll to the end of the Categories list to find categories for macros, fonts, AutoText, styles, and common symbols.)

4.
On the right side of the dialog box, click the command. If it already has a keyboard shortcut assigned to it, the shortcut will appear in the Current Keys text box.

5.
With the insertion point in the Press New Shortcut Key text box, press the key combination that you would like to use for your command (actually press the keys; don't type the names of the keys). The dialog box refreshes and tells you whether the keyboard shortcut you pressed is already assigned.

6.
When you find a key combination that's currently unassigned (or one that you don't mind overwriting), click the Assign button, optionally create more keyboard shortcuts, and then click Close twice.


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