Tame your computer: keys to success


In her weekly series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'.

This week she explains how to display handy function keys in Microsoft Word ...

Some time ago I was asked to run a Word course for one of the offices on the Granta Park. We decided to go for the 'hands off approach' which meant there was plenty of opportunity to deviate from the prepared programme and address relevant questions, rather than getting bogged down trying to keep to everyone else's pace and follow a specific hands-on exercise structure.

At some point one of the course participants asked about a toolbar he spotted on the version of Word I was using on my laptop ...

As you probably know by now, I love keyboard shortcuts. Some of them, however, are more obvious than others, especially the ones assigned to Function keys such as F7 (Spelling and Grammar).

Well, Word has a handy toolbar that lets you see what all of those Function keys can do.

Here's how:

1. Click Tools on the Menu bar and select Customize

2. Select the Function Key Display option from the Toolbars tab

3. Click the Close button

Notice that each button on the toolbar displays a command name label and the Function key that is assigned to it. Press the SHIFT, CTRL or ALT keys (or any combination) and notice that the buttons and labels on the Function Key Display toolbar change.

Function keys perform different functions when used in combination with SHIFT, CTRL, CTRL + SHIFT, ALT, ALT + SHIFT or CTRL + ALT. For example, pressing + can be used to jump to the next misspelled word.

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26 May 2005

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.

Contact her by email Karen@roem.co.uk or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk.


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support