Keyboard shortcuts for Project 2013

The keyboard shortcuts described in this Help topic refer to the U.S. keyboard layout. Keys on other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a U.S. keyboard.

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Microsoft Project quick reference

Finding and using keyboard shortcuts

For keyboard shortcuts in which you press two or more keys at the same time, the keys to press are separated by a plus sign (+) in Help. For keyboard shortcuts in which you press one key immediately followed by another key, the keys to press are separated by a comma (,).

Use the keyboard to expand sections

  • To expand all sections of the article, press Tab until Show all is selected, and then press Enter. Press Enter again to collapse all sections.

  • To expand just one section of the article, press Tab until that section heading and plus sign are selected, and then press Enter. Press Enter again to collapse the section.

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Important    Before you start to search, press Tab until Show All is selected, and then press Enter.

  1. Press Ctrl+F.

    The Search dialog box opens, with the cursor ready for you to type.

  2. Type the search text in the box.

  3. Press Enter.

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To print this topic, press Tab until Show All is selected, press Enter, and then press Ctrl+P.

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Keyboard access to the ribbon

  1. Press Alt.

    The KeyTips are displayed over each feature that is available in the current view.

  2. Press the letter that appears in the KeyTip over the feature that you want to use.

  3. Depending on which letter you press, additional KeyTips may appear. For example, if the Home tab is active and you press W, the View tab is displayed, along with the KeyTips for the groups on that tab.

  4. Continue pressing letters until you press the letter of the command or control that you want to use. In some cases, you must first press the letter of the group that contains the command.

    Note   To cancel the action that you are taking and hide the KeyTips, press Alt.

Display and use windows

To do this

Press

Switch to the next window.

Alt+Tab

Switch to the previous window.

Alt+Shift+Tab

Close the active window.

Ctrl+W or Ctrl+F4

Restore the size of the active window after you maximize it.

Ctrl+F5

Move to a task pane from another pane in the program window (clockwise direction). You may need to press F6 more than once.

F6

Move to a pane from another pane in the program window (counterclockwise direction).

Shift+F6

When more than one window is open, switch to the next window.

Ctrl+F6

Switch to the previous window.

Ctrl+Shift+F6

Maximize or restore a selected window.

Ctrl+F10

Copy a picture of the screen to the Clipboard.

Print Screen

Copy a picture of the selected window to the Clipboard.

Alt+Print Screen

Move around in text or cells

To do this

Press

Move one character to the left.

Left Arrow

Move one character to the right.

Right Arrow

Move one line up.

Up Arrow

Move one line down.

Down Arrow

Move one word to the left.

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Move one word to the right.

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Move to the end of a line.

End

Move to the beginning of a line.

Home

Move up one paragraph.

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Move down one paragraph.

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Move to the end of a text box.

Ctrl+End

Move to the beginning of a text box.

Ctrl+Home

Move around in and work in tables

To do this

Press

Move to the next cell.

Tab

Move to the preceding cell.

Shift+Tab

Move to the next row.

Down Arrow

Move to the preceding row.

Up Arrow

Insert a tab in a cell.

Ctrl+Tab

Start a new paragraph.

Enter

Add a new row at the bottom of the table.

Tab at the end of the last row

Access and use actions

To do this

Press

Display the menu or message for an action. If more than one action is present, switch to the next action and display its menu or message.

Alt+Shift+F10

Select the next item on the action menu.

Down Arrow

Select the previous item on the action menu.

Up Arrow

Perform the action for the selected item on the action menu.

Enter

Close the action menu or message.

Esc

Tips

  • You can ask to be notified by a sound whenever an action appears. To hear audio cues, you must have a sound card. You must also have Microsoft Office Sounds installed on your computer.

  • You can download Microsoft Office Sounds from Office.com.

Use dialog boxes

To do this

Press

Move to the next option or option group.

Tab

Move to the previous option or option group.

Shift+Tab

Switch to the next tab in a dialog box.

Ctrl+Tab

Switch to the previous tab in a dialog box.

Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Move between options in an open drop-down list, or between options in a group of options.

Arrow keys

Perform the action assigned to the selected button; select or clear the selected check box.

Insert

Open the list if it is closed and move to that option in the list.

First letter of an option in a drop-down list

Select an option; select or clear a check box.

Alt+ the letter underlined in an option

Open a selected drop-down list.

Alt+Down Arrow

Close a selected drop-down list; cancel a command and close a dialog box.

Esc

Perform the action assigned to a default button in a dialog box.

Enter

Use edit boxes within dialog boxes

An edit box is a blank in which you type or paste an entry, such as your user name or the path to a folder.

To do this

Press

Move to the beginning of the entry.

Home

Move to the end of the entry.

End

Move one character to the left or right, respectively.

Left Arrow or Right Arrow

Move one word to the left.

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Move one word to the right.

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Select or cancel selection one character to the left.

Shift+Left Arrow

Select or cancel selection one character to the right.

Shift+Right Arrow

Select or cancel selection one word to the left.

Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow

Select or cancel selection one word to the right.

Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow

Select from the insertion point to the beginning of the entry.

Shift+Home

Select from the insertion point to the end of the entry.

Shift+End

Basic file management

To do this

Press

Open a project file (display the Open dialog box).

Ctrl+F12

Open a project file (display the Open tab in the Backstage view).

Ctrl+O

Save a project file.

Ctrl+S

Create a new project.

Ctrl+N

Print a file (display the Print tab in the Backstage view).

Ctrl+P

Use the Open and Save As dialog boxes

To do this

Press

Display the Open dialog box.

Ctrl+F12

Display the Open tab in the Backstage view.

Ctrl+O

Display the Save As dialog box.

F12

Open the selected folder or file.

Enter

Open the folder one level above the open folder.

Backspace

Delete the selected folder or file.

Delete

Display a shortcut menu for a selected item such as a folder or file.

Shift+F10

Move forward through options

Tab

Move back through options

Shift+Tab

Open the Look in list

F4 or Alt+1

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Use a Network Diagram

To do this

Press

Move to a different Network Diagram box.

Arrow keys

Add Network Diagram boxes to the selection.

Shift+Arrow keys

Move a Network Diagram box.

Note    You need to set manual positioning first. Select the box you want to move. Click Format, and then click Layout. Click Allow manual box positioning.

Ctrl+Arrow keys

Move to the top Network Diagram box in the view or project.

Ctrl+Home or Shift+Ctrl+Home

Move to the lowest Network Diagram box in the project.

Ctrl+End or Shift+Ctrl+End

Move to the leftmost Network Diagram box in the project.

Home or Shift+Home

Move to the rightmost Network Diagram box in the project.

End or Shift+End

Move up one window height.

Page Up or Shift+Page Up

Move down one window height.

Page Down or Shift+Page Down

Move left one window width.

Ctrl+Page Up or Shift+Ctrl+Page Up

Move right one window width.

Ctrl+Page Down or Shift+Ctrl+Page Down

Select the next field in the Network Diagram box.

Enter or Tab

Select the previous field in the Network Diagram box.

Shift+Enter

Use OfficeArt objects.

Move OfficeArt shapes.

To do this

Press

Nudge the shape up, down, right, or left.

Arrow keys

Increase the shape’s width by 10%.

Shift+Right Arrow

Decrease the shape’s width by 10%.

Shift+Left Arrow

Increase the shape’s height by 10%.

Shift+Up Arrow

Decrease the shape’s height by 10%.

Shift+Down Arrow

Increase the shape’s width by 1%.

Ctrl+Shift+Right Arrow

Decrease the shape’s width by 1%.

Ctrl+Shift+Left Arrow

Increase the shape’s height by 1%.

Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow

Decrease the shape’s height by 1%.

Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow

Rotate the shape 15 degrees to the right.

Alt+Right Arrow

Rotate the shape 15 degrees to the left.

Alt+Left Arrow

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Select and copy OfficeArt objects and text

To do this

Press

Select an object (with text selected inside the object).

Esc

Select an object (with an object selected).

Tab or Shift+Tab until the object you want is selected

Select text within an object (with an object selected).

Enter

Select multiple shapes

Press and hold Ctrl while you click the shapes

Select multiple shapes with text

Press and hold Shift while you click the shapes

Cut selected object.

Ctrl+X

Copy selected object.

Ctrl+C

Paste cut or copied object.

Ctrl+V

Paste special.

Ctrl+Alt+V

Copy formatting only.

Ctrl+Shift+C

Paste formatting only.

Ctrl+Shift+V

Paste special.

Ctrl+Alt+V

Group shapes, pictures, or WordArt.

Ctrl+G after you select the items that you want to group

Ungroup shapes, pictures, or WordArt.

Ctrl+Shift+G after you select the group that you want to ungroup

Undo the last action.

Ctrl+Z

Redo the last action.

Ctrl+Y

Add next object to a multi-selection.

Ctrl+Click

Adds next object to a multi-selection; allows clicking on textbox text to add the textbox to the multi-selection.

Shift+Click

Edit OfficeArt text and textboxes

To do this

Press

Collapse selection.

Esc

Select all text.

Ctrl+A

Delete one word to the left.

Ctrl+Backspace

Delete one word to the right.

Ctrl+Delete

Undo.

Ctrl+Z

Redo.

Ctrl+Y

Move one word to the left.

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Move one word to the right.

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Move to the beginning of the line.

Home

Move to the end of the line.

End

Move up one paragraph.

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Move down one paragraph.

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Move to the beginning of the object’s text.

Ctrl+Home

Move to the end of the object’s text

Ctrl+End

Navigate views and windows

To do this

Press

Activate the entry bar to edit text in a field.

F2

Activate the menu bar.

F10 or Alt

Activate the project control menu.

Alt+Hyphen or Alt+Spacebar

Activate the split bar.

Shift+F6

Close the program window.

Alt+F4

Display all filtered tasks or all filtered resources.

F3

Display the Field Settings dialog box.

Alt+F3

Open a new window.

Shift+F11

Reduce a selection to a single field.

Shift+Backspace

Reset sort order to ID order and turn off grouping.

Shift+F3

Select a drawing object.

F6

Display task information.

Shift+F2

Display resource information.

Shift+F2

Display assignment information.

Shift+F2

Turn on or off the Add To Selection mode.

Shift+F8

Turn on or off Auto Calculate.

Ctrl+F9

Turn on or off the Extend Selection mode.

F8

Move left, right, up, or down to view different pages in the Print Preview window.

Alt+Arrow keys

Outline a project

To do this

Press

Hide subtasks.

Alt+Shift+Hyphen or Alt+Shift+Minus Sign (minus sign on the numeric keypad)

Indent the selected task.

Alt+Shift+Right Arrow

Show subtasks.

Alt+Shift+ = or Alt+Shift+Plus Sign (plus sign on the numeric keypad)

Show all tasks.

Alt+Shift+* (asterisk on the numeric keypad)

Outdent the selected task.

Alt+Shift+Left Arrow

Select and edit in a dialog box

To do this

Press

Move between fields at the bottom of a form.

Arrow keys

Move into tables at the bottom of a form.

Alt+1 (left) or Alt+2 (right)

Move to the next task or resource.

Enter

Move to the previous task or resource.

Shift+Enter

Select and edit in a sheet view

Edit in a view

To do this

Press

Cancel an entry.

Esc

Clear or reset the selected field.

Ctrl+Delete

Copy the selected data.

Ctrl+C

Cut the selected data.

Ctrl+X

Delete the selected data.

Delete

Delete row that has a selected cell.

Ctrl+Minus Sign (on the numeric keypad)

Fill down.

Ctrl+D

Display the Find dialog box.

Ctrl+F or Shift+F5

In the Find dialog box, continue to the next instance of the search results.

Shift+F4

Use the Go To command (Edit menu).

F5

Link tasks.

Ctrl+F2

Paste the copied or cut data.

Ctrl+V

Reduce the selection to one field.

Shift+Backspace

Undo the last action.

Ctrl+Z

Unlink tasks.

Ctrl+Shift+F2

Set the task to manually schedule

Ctrl+Shift+M

Set the task to auto schedule

Ctrl+Shift+A

Move in a view

To do this

Press

Move to the beginning of a project (timescale).

Alt+Home

Move to the end of a project (timescale).

Alt+End

Move the timescale left.

Alt+Left Arrow

Move the timescale right.

Alt+Right Arrow

Move to the first field in a row.

Home or Ctrl+Left Arrow

Move to the first row.

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Move to the first field of the first row.

Ctrl+Home

Move to the last field in a row.

End or Ctrl+Right Arrow

Move to the last field of the last row.

Ctrl+End

Move to the last row.

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Move in the side pane

To do this

Press

Move focus between the side pane and the view on the right side.

Ctrl+Tab or Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Select different controls in the side pane if focus is in the side pane.

Tab

Select or clear check boxes and option buttons if focus is in the side pane.

Spacebar

Select in a view

To do this

Press

Extend the selection down one page.

Shift+Page Down

Extend the selection up one page.

Shift+Page Up

Extend the selection down one row.

Shift+Down Arrow

Extend the selection up one row.

Shift+Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the first field in a row.

Shift+Home

Extend the selection to the last field in a row.

Shift+End

Extend the selection to the start of the information.

Ctrl+Shift+Home

Extend the selection to the end of the information.

Ctrl+Shift+End

Extend the selection to the first row.

Ctrl+Shift+Up Arrow

Extend the selection to the last row.

Ctrl+Shift+Down Arrow

Extend the selection to the first field of the first row.

Ctrl+Shift+Home

Extend the selection to the last field of the last row.

Ctrl+Shift+End

Select all rows and columns.

Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar

Select a column.

Ctrl+Spacebar

Select a row.

Shift+Spacebar

Move within a selection down one field.

Enter

Move within a selection up one field.

Shift+Enter

Move within a selection right one field.

Tab

Move within a selection left one field.

Shift+Tab

Select and edit in the entry bar

To do this

Press

Accept an entry.

Enter

Cancel an entry.

Esc

Delete one character to the left.

Backspace

Delete one character to the right.

Delete

Delete one word to the right.

Ctrl+Delete

Extend the selection to the end of the text.

Shift+End

Extend the selection to the start of the text.

Shift+Home

Turn on or off Overtype mode.

Insert

Use a timescale

To do this

Press

Move the timescale left one page.

Alt+Page Up

Move the timescale right one page.

Alt+Page Down

Move the timescale to beginning of the project.

Alt+Home

Move the timescale to end of the project.

Alt+End

Scroll the timescale left.

Alt+Left Arrow

Scroll the timescale right.

Alt+Right Arrow

Show smaller time units.

Ctrl+ / (slash on the numeric keypad)

Show larger time units.

Ctrl+* (asterisk on the numeric keypad)

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Applies To: Project Professional 2013, Project 2013 Standard



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