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Life-saver shortcuts in Microsoft Word

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July 7, 2020

A long time ago I was taking some notes using Microsoft Word. While I was typing, I wanted to insert an arrow symbol. In order to save some time, since I was just taking some notes, I decided not to insert a symbol from the main menu (Insert & Symbol), but to create one by myself using the keyboard. The result that I wanted to create was this:

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To my surprise, Word transformed my symbol automatically into an arrow like this:

I thought that this was really cool and handy!

In this article I share with you some shortcuts that you may find helpful as well.

Here is a video which includes the following shortcuts.

  • Type ==> (equals sign 2 times and greater than sign once) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Similarly, type <== (less than sign and equals sign 2 times) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Type <=> (less than sign, equals sign and greater than sign) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Type  (hyphen 3 times) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Hold Shift and type ___ (underscore 3 times) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Type === (equals sign 3 times) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Type ### (number sign 3 times) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Type *** (asterisk 3 times) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Type ~~~ (tidle 3 times) and press Enter. Result:
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  • Type Ctrl Shift L (all at the same time) to create a bullet point:
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  • To transform a text in bold, select it with the mouse and type Ctrl B

Result:

Good morning ➔ Good morning

  • To transform a text in italics, select it with the mouse and type Ctrl I

Result:

Good morning ➔ Good morning

  • To underline a text, select it with the mouse and type Ctrl U

Result:

Good morning ➔ Good morning

  • To concert letters from lowercase to uppercase and vice versa, select them with the mouse and press Shift F3. Result:

GOOD MORNING ➔ good morning

good morning ➔ GOOD MORNING

  • To align your text to the left press, select it with the mouse and press Ctrl L
  • To align your text to the left right, select it with the mouse and press Ctrl R
  • To align your text to the center, select it with the mouse and press Ctrl E
  • To create a table press + TAB key and repeat that as many times as the number of the cells you want. Then press Enter. Example:

+ + + + + + +

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  • Double click anywhere in the document to write on that random area. Example.
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  • Type (C)

Result:

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  • Type (R)

Result:

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  • Type (TM)

Result:

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And finally my most favorite symbols:

  • Type : -)

Result:

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  • Type : -(

Result:

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Hope you enjoyed reading this article! When I created my first arrow symbol I felt like a magician! I’m pretty sure you will feel like this when you will create your own symbols! I would love to read your comments! If you have any other “tricks” to add, feel free to write them at the comments section! 🙂 🙃 ✨ 🔮

P.S. Stay safe and keep exploring! ༼ʘ̚ل͜ʘ̚༽

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IFIGENEIA TSOLAKI
France

Hi! My name is Ifigeneia and I am an instructional designer and e-learning expert. I have been working for a variety of fields and projects, including academia, formal education, lifelong learning and HR trainings. Coming from a creative background, with a rich experience on puppetry, stop-motion and game design, I advocate for creative and intrinsically motivating learning experiences in every project I work on.