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Microsoft Word Help with step-by-step on how to add or remove a menu command. You will also learn how to change the position of the menu commands, how to reset them and how to change keyboard shortcuts.

You can make Word work your way by putting the menu commands in different places, inventing your own keyboard shortcuts for executing commands, and even creating your own toolbars.

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Changing the Menu Commands
Changing the Keyboard Shortcuts

Changing The Keyboard Shortcuts

If you don't like Words keyboard shortcuts, you can change them and invent keyboard shortcuts of your own.

Microsoft Word help you to also assign keyboard shortcuts to symbols, macros, fonts, AutoText entries, and styles.

To create new keyboard shortcuts, follow these steps:

1. Choose Tools from the menu bar, and select Customize, to open the Customize dialog box.
2. Click the Keyboard button, to open the Customize Keyboard dialog box.
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3. In the Categories list, choose the menu with the command to which you want to assign the keyboard shortcut.

At the bottom of the list are the Macro, Font, AutoText, Style, and Common symbols categories.
4. Choose the command name, macro, font, AutoText entry, style, or symbol name from the Commands list.
5. Click in the Press New Shortcut Key box and type the keyboard shortcut.

Press the actual keys.

For example, if the shortcut is Ctrl + ~, press the Ctrl key and the ~ key don't type C-t-r-l-+-~.
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If you try to assign a shortcut that is already assigned, Microsoft Word help by showing the words
Currently Assigned To
and a command name, appear below the Press New Shortcut Key box.

You can override the pre-assigned keyboard assignment by entering a keyboard assignment of your own.
6. Click the Assign button.
7. To make the changes to a template other than Normal.dot or the template you are working in, choose a template in the Save Changes In drop-down list.
8. After you're done, click Close.
9. Click Close in the Customize dialog box, to exit the window.

Microsoft Word help you to delete a keyboard shortcut, display it in the Current Keys box, click it to select it, and click the Remove button.

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Microsoft Word help you to get the old keyboard shortcuts back
by choosing the RESET ALL button
in the CUSTOMIZE KEYBOARD dialog box.

Click YES when Word asks whether you really want the old keyboard shortcuts back.
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See also... Changing the Menu Commands
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