Use keyboard shortcuts with an external keyboard in Word for iPad

Many users find that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for Word for iOS helps them work more efficiently. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen and are an essential alternative to using a mouse. This article itemizes the keyboard shortcuts for Word for iOS.

Notes: 

  • The shortcuts in this topic refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.

  • Commands that require you to press and release multiple keys together are indicated with a plus sign (+). Commands that require you to press multiple keys in order are indicated by a comma sign (,).

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Navigating the document

To

Press

Find text

Select text

Apple Cmd Symbol + F

SHIFT + LEFT/RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT + UP/DOWN ARROW

Move cursor up by one paragraph

OPTION + UP ARROW

Move cursor down by one paragraph

OPTION + DOWN ARROW

Move cursor right by one word

OPTION + RIGHT ARROW

Move cursor left by one word

OPTION + LEFT ARROW

Move cursor to beginning of the document

Apple Cmd Symbol + UP ARROW

Move cursor to end of the document

Apple Cmd Symbol + DOWN ARROW

Move cursor to the beginning of the current line

Apple Cmd Symbol + LEFT ARROW

Move cursor to the end of the current line

Apple Cmd Symbol + RIGHT ARROW

Select paragraph above

SHIFT + OPTION + UP ARROW

Select paragraph below

SHIFT + OPTION + DOWN ARROW

Select word to the left

SHIFT + OPTION + LEFT ARROW

Select word to the right

SHIFT + OPTION + RIGHT ARROW

Select from current position to beginning of the document

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + UP ARROW

Select from current position to end of the document

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + DOWN ARROW

Select from current position to beginning of the line

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + LEFT ARROW

Select from current position to end of the line

SHIFT + Apple Cmd Symbol + RIGHT ARROW

Editing and formatting the document

To

Press

Undo the last action

Apple Cmd Symbol + Z

Repeat the last action

Apple Cmd Symbol + Y

Cut selected content

Apple Cmd Symbol + X

Copy selected content

Apple Cmd Symbol + C

Paste copied or cut content

Apple Cmd Symbol + V

Select all

Apple Cmd Symbol + A

Bold selected content

Apple Cmd Symbol + B

Italicize selected content

Apple Cmd Symbol + I

Underline selected content

Insert a line break

Apple Cmd Symbol + U

SHIFT + RETURN

See also

Learn how to navigate Word using accessible features

Basic tasks using a screen reader with Word

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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