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Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word

Create your own keyboard shortcuts
Learn about customizing keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Office Word and discover how to set up your own shortcut keys. Find out also how to customize menus and toolbars, and save your customizations in individual documents or templates.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and one practice session for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Create keyboard shortcuts to accomplish actions, such as:
    • Carry out a built-in command.
    • Change a font or style.
    • Insert a symbol or AutoText.
    • Run a macro.
  • Customize menus and toolbars.
  • Save customizations as part of a document or template.

Before you begin

This course assumes that you have some knowledge of using keyboard shortcuts and customizing toolbars and menus in Office programs. To learn more about these two topics, look at the courses Customize your toolbars and menus and Work with the keyboard.

Ever wished there was a really quick way of changing fonts or inserting symbols?

In Word, you can create your own keyboard shortcuts and customize toolbars and menus for use in specific documents or templates.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click the Next button to start the first lesson.

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