How to Redo a Shortcut in Microsoft Word

by Ruri Ranbe

Microsoft Word includes its own default shortcuts for common commands, such as "Ctrl-B" for Bold or "Ctrl-I" for Italics, but you can modify those shortcuts at any time if necessary. The shortcuts in MS Word are designed for a U.S. keyboard, so if you're using a different layout, certain keyboard sequences might not work. Alternatively, if you created your own custom shortcuts, you may have inadvertently copied over a default shortcut. If one or more keyboard sequences stop working in Word, you can recreate the shortcut or shortcuts in Word Options.

1

Select "File" from the menu bar and then choose "Options" from the left to open Word Options.

2

Select "Customize Ribbon" from the left pane and then click "Customize" next to Keyboard Shortcuts.

3

Choose from the left the category that contains the command you want to redo the shortcut for and then choose from the right the command you want to modify.

4

Select the keyboard sequence from under Current Keys and then click "Remove."

5

Enter your keyboard shortcut into the "Press New Shortcut Key" field. If your keyboard sequence conflicts with an existing shortcut, the message "Currently Assigned to: [X]" will appear, with "[X]" representing the name of the command.

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Click "Assign" to redo the keyboard shortcut for the selected command.

About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.