Use access keys from Office 2003 in Ribbon programs

In the Microsoft Office 2010 programs, menus and toolbars have been replaced by the ribbon, which is a part of the Microsoft Fluent user interface. However, if you have memorized and become accustomed to using the access keys from earlier versions of Microsoft Office, they will still work.

Note: If you are using Microsoft Office Starter 2010, only access keys for features that are supported in Office Starter will work. For more information about the features available in Office Starter, see Word Starter feature support and Excel Starter feature support.

When you are using an access key from an earlier version of Office, a message is displayed to alert you and to remind you which keys you have pressed. For example, in Word 2010 you want to insert a hyperlink in your file, and you are used to using the access key sequence from Office 2003, so you press ALT+I. The following message is shown to remind you of which keys you have pressed: Office access key: ALT, I,. When you press the I key again, the Insert Hyperlink dialog box is displayed.

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