Keyboard shortcuts in Word Online

The keyboard shortcuts that are 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.

For an overview of accessibility in Word Online see Accessibility features in Word Online.

Tips:

  • As a shortcut to commands, press Ctrl+' (apostrophe) to jump to Tell Me, and then type the command you want (available only in Editing view). Use the Up and Down arrows to select a command, and then press Enter.

  • Word Online runs in your web browser so the keyboard shortcuts are different than those in the Word desktop program. For example, you'll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser, not Word Online.

  • Keyboard shortcuts in Word Online are very similar to keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word. For a list of keyboard shortcuts in other versions of Word, see More keyboard shortcuts for Word.

  • If you use a screen reader, see Common tasks in Word Online.

Reading view

To do this

Press

Go to a view that is accessible to screen-reader software and to keyboard selection of content (requires PDF reader)

Tab to the Generate more accessible view (new window) command, Enter

Find text

Ctrl+F, or F3

Hide the Search pane

ESC

Switch to Zoom control

Ctrl+Z

Switch to page-number control

Ctrl+G

Go to a specific page

Type page number (in page-number control)

Print

Ctrl+P

Editing view

To do this

Press

Move between ribbon and document content

Ctrl+F6

Move from editing document to Home tab

Ctrl+[

Move from editing document to most recently used ribbon command

Ctrl+]

Activate a different ribbon tab

Tab, Enter

Move among ribbon commands

Tab

Execute the currently selected ribbon command

Enter

Collapse or expand the ribbon

Ctrl+F3

Move insertion point

To do this

Press

Right one character

Right Arrow

Left one character

Left Arrow

Right one word

Ctrl+Right Arrow

Left one word

Ctrl+Left Arrow

Up one line

Up Arrow

Down one line

Down Arrow

Up one paragraph

Ctrl+Up Arrow

Down one paragraph

Ctrl+Down Arrow

Beginning of line

Home

End of line

End

Beginning of page

Ctrl+Home

End of page

Ctrl+End

Select content: expand selection

To do this

Press

Right one character

Shift+Right Arrow

Left one character

Shift+Left Arrow

Right one word

Shift+Ctrl+Right Arrow

Left one word

Shift+Ctrl+Left Arrow

Up one line

Shift+Up Arrow

Down one line

Shift+Down Arrow

Up one paragraph

Shift+Ctrl+Up Arrow

Down one paragraph

Shift+Ctrl+Down Arrow

To beginning of line

Shift+Home

To end of line

Shift+End

To beginning of document

Shift+Ctrl+Home

To end of document

Shift+Ctrl+End

Whole document

Ctrl+A

Edit content

To do this

Press

Cut

Ctrl+X

Copy

Ctrl+C

Paste

Ctrl+V

Insert hyperlink

Ctrl+K

Undo

Ctrl+Z

Redo

Ctrl+Y

Move from on misspelled word to another

Alt+F7

Enlarge font size

Ctrl+Shift+>

Reduce font size

Ctrl+Shift+<

Format text

To do this

Press

Bold

Ctrl+B

Italics

Ctrl+I

Underline

Ctrl+U

Bulleted list

Ctrl+Period

Numbered list

Ctrl+/

Align left

Ctrl+L

Align right

Ctrl+R

Align centered

Ctrl+E

Windows and Mac keyboard equivalents

Key

Modifier

Windows

Mac

Backspace

Alt

Backspace one word at a time

End

Alt

Move the insertion point to the bottom of the document or outline

Enter

Alt

In Internet Explorer, display page properties

Tab

Ctrl-Alt

Switch tasks

Home

Alt

Go to the home page

Move the insertion point to the top of document or outline

Left

Alt

In Internet Explorer, go back

Move left one word at a time

PageDn

Alt

Move the insertion point to the bottom of document

PageUp

Alt

Move the insertion point to the top of document

Right

Alt

In Internet Explorer, go forward

Go right one word at a time

Tab

Alt

Switch between applications

Move focus between browser and page elements (accessibility loop)

Down

Alt-Shift

Move the current page down one position in the Navigation Pane

Select from the insertion point to the end of the paragraph

Enter

Alt-Shift

In Internet Explorer, switch to full screen

Tab

Ctrl-Alt-Shift

Switch tasks

Left

Alt-Shift

Remove one level of indent

Select left, one word at a time

Right

Alt-Shift

Indent

Select left, one word at a time

Tab

Alt-Shift

Switch between applications

Move the focus between browser and page elements (accessibility loop)

Up

Alt-Shift

Move the current page down one position in the Navigation Pane

Select from the insertion point to the end of the paragraph

Backspace

Backspace one word at a time

Delete

Delete one word at a time

Down

Move the insertion point down, one paragraph at a time

End

Move the insertion point to the bottom of the document or outline

Home

Go to the top of the document or outline (in Safari, go to the browser home page)

Left

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the line (in Firefox, go to the previous page)

Right

Move the insertion point to the end of the line (in Firefox, go forward)

Tab

Switch tasks (like Windows Alt-Tab)

Up

Move the insertion point up, one paragraph at a time

ESC

⌘-Alt

Open Task Manager (Force Quit apps)

Home

⌘-Alt

In Safari, go to the browser home page

Left

⌘-Alt

In Chrome, switch between browser tabs

Delete

⌘-Shift

In Firefox, clears the browser cache

Down

⌘-Shift

Select down, one paragraph at a time

End

⌘-Shift

Select to the bottom of document or page

Home

⌘-Shift

Select to the top of document or page (in Safari, go to the browser home page)

Left

⌘-Shift

Select to the beginning of line

Right

⌘-Shift

Select to the end of line

Tab

⌘-Shift

Switch tasks (like Windows Alt-Tab)

Up

⌘-Shift

Select up, one paragraph at a time

ESC

Ctrl-Shift

Open Task Manager

Right

Ctrl-Shift

Select right, one word at a time

Down

Ctrl

Move the insertion point down, one paragraph at a time

Move the insertion point to end of line

Left

Ctrl-Shift

Select left, one word at a time

ESC

Ctrl

Open the Start menu or Start screen

Delete

Ctrl-Alt

Open the Lock Screen menu

Left

Ctrl

Move the insertion point left, one word at a time

Display a widget dashboard

PageDn

Ctrl

In Firefox and Chrome, switch between open tabs

PageUp

Ctrl

Move the insertion point to end of the document or outline

In Firefox and Chrome, switch between open tabs

End

Ctrl

Move the insertion point to end of the document or outline

Tab

Ctrl

Switch between open tabs

Switch between open tabs

Up

Ctrl

Move the insertion point up, one paragraph at a time

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the line

Backspace

Ctrl-Alt

Backspace one letter at a time

Backspace one letter at a time

Home

Ctrl

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the document or outline

Down

Ctrl-Alt

In Internet Explorer, scroll the page down

End

Ctrl-Alt

In Internet Explorer, scroll to the bottom of the page

Home

Ctrl-Alt

In Internet Explorer, scroll to the top of the page

PageDn

Ctrl-Alt

In Internet Explorer, scroll down

PageUp

Ctrl-Alt

In Internet Explorer, scroll up

Right

Ctrl

Move the insertion point left, one word at a time

Up

Ctrl-Alt

in Internet Explorer, scroll the page down

Backspace

Ctrl-Alt-Shift

Backspace one word at a time

Backspace one word at a time

End

Ctrl-Alt-Shift

In Internet Explorer, scroll to the bottom of the page

Home

Ctrl-Alt-Shift

In Internet Explorer, scroll to the top of the page

PageDn

Ctrl-Alt-Shift

In Internet Explorer, scroll down

PageUp

Ctrl-Alt-Shift

In Internet Explorer, scroll up

ESC

Alt

Minimize window

Down

Ctrl-Shift

Select down, one paragraph at a time

Select to the end of the line

ESC

Alt-Shift

Minimize window

Home

Ctrl-Shift

Select up, one paragraph at a time

Select to the beginning of the line

Insert

None

Start Overtype mode

Tab

Ctrl-Shift

Switch between open tabs

Switch between open tabs

Up

Ctrl-Shift

Select up, one paragraph at a time

Select to the beginning of the line

Backspace

None

Backspace one letter at a time

Backspace one letter at a time

Delete

None

Backspace one letter at a time

Backspace one letter at a time

Down

None

Move the insertion point down, one line at a time

Move the insertion point down, one line at a time

End

None

Move the insertion point to end of line

Move the insertion point to end of line

Enter

None

Insert a new line

Insert a new line

Backspace

Ctrl

Backspace one word at a time

Home

None

Move the insertion point to beginning of the line

In Safari and Chrome, move the insertion point to the beginning of the paragraph

Left

None

Move the insertion point left, one letter at a time

Move the insertion point left, one letter at a time

PageDn

None

Move the insertion point down, one screen at a time

Move the insertion point down, one screen at a time

PageUp

None

Move the insertion point up, one screen at a time

Move the insertion point up, one screen at a time

Right

None

Move the insertion point right, one letter at a time

Move the insertion point right, one letter at a time

Tab

None

Indent, or go to the next table cell

Indent, go to the next table cell, or insert a table

Up

None

Move the insertion point up, one line at a time

Move the insertion point up, one line at a time

Backspace

Shift

Backspace one letter at a time

Backspace one letter at a time

Down

Shift

Select down, one line at a time

Select down, one line at a time

End

Shift

Select to the end of the line

Select to the end of the line

Enter

Shift

Insert a soft line break

Insert a soft line break

Home

Shift

Select to the beginning of the line

Select to the beginning of the line

Left

Shift

Select left, one letter at a time

Select left, one letter at a time

Right

Shift

Select right, one letter at a time

Select right, one letter at a time

Tab

Shift

Remove one level of indent, go to the previous table cell

Remove one level of indent, go to the previous table cell

Up

Shift

Select up, one line at a time

Select up, one line at a time

More keyboard shortcuts for Word

Keyboard shortcuts in Word Online are very similar to keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word. The keyboard shortcuts listed in this article are for the most common tasks in Word Online. For a list of keyboard shortcuts in your Word desktop program, see:

Common tasks in Word Online

For steps to accomplish particular tasks in Word Online, see the following articles:

Applies To: Word Online



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