An Unintentional Week of Keyboard

For some reason (entirely unintentional) I’ve spent a bunch of this
week babbling about keyboard issues. I guess you can tell where my mind is right

So, I knew there was no better way to end the week than making sure you saw
what’s become known as
over on the venerable Excel
. It’s the
list of Excel keyboard shortcuts known to humankind
, in PDF form.

And I’ll leave you with one last keyboard treat for the weekend, for those of
you with Office 2003. Try holding down ALT and clicking a single word in your
document. This is pretty useful especially if you select the Translation reference
book and you’re trying to decipher a language you barely know. It’s also a quick
way to get definitions, synonyms or other context-sensitive research help.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Comments (7)

  1. Darren says:

    The new alt-click lookup functionality actually annoys me because I have got in the habit of clicking to cancel the alt-tab application switch dialog box.  If my click happens to land on an office app… I’m suddenly looking at the definition.

    And while I know I can hit escape, somehow this click has gotten hardwired into my brain.

    Further proving that for every feature you add, someone doesn’t like it!

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    Man, we should eat dismiss clicks.

  3. Paul Irish says:

    There’s so much stuff like that that no power users know and completely wish they did. (Like how my world got better when I learned about shift-F3 in Word.) It’d be great if after x-amount of use, an office app asked you if you wanted to learn some shortcuts to do your common tasks faster.

  4. Klaus Linke says:

    re Darren’s post at the top:

    For me, it’s Alt+Drag to box-select (mostly to format text that’s underneath in several paragraphs, without doing every paragraph individually).

    On days I use that a lot, the Research task pane can pop up accidentally 20 times.

    And it closes the styles pane that I have always open, so after closing the Research pane, I have to bring that up again, from a submenu of the Write tab.

    If I try Alt+Drag again, and the Research pane pops up once more, the keyboard acquires some tooth dents…

  5. Klaus Linke says:

    Oops, Word12 can do several panes, so the Research pane no longer replaces the styles pane.

    Kudos for that! Though I’d still love to switch off Alt+Click and the Research pane completely.