Use an external keyboard with Word for Android

Use an external keyboard with Word for Android

Using an external keyboard with your Android allows you to take advantage of the keyboard shortcuts you are familiar with if you've used Word on a Windows computer. 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 Android.

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 (,).

In this topic

Navigating the document

To

Press

Select text

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

CONTROL + UP ARROW

Move cursor to end of the document

CONTROL + DOWN ARROW

Move cursor to the beginning of the current line

CONTROL + LEFT ARROW

Move cursor to the end of the current line

CONTROL + 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 + CONTROL + UP ARROW

Select from current position to end of the document

SHIFT + CONTROL + DOWN ARROW

Select from current position to beginning of the line

SHIFT + CONTROL + LEFT ARROW

Select from current position to end of the line

SHIFT + CONTROL + RIGHT ARROW

Editing and formatting the document

To

Press

Undo the last action

CONTROL + Z

Repeat the last action

CONTROL + Y

Cut selected content

CONTROL + X

Copy selected content

CONTROL + C

Paste copied or cut content

CONTROL + V

Select all

CONTROL + A

Bold selected content

CONTROL + B

Italicize selected content

CONTROL + I

Underline selected content

CONTROL + U

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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