Here’s some more tips for using Office 2007 without the mouse.
Here’s some more tips for using Office 2007 without the mouse. As we’ve mentioned before, much of the same shortcuts that applied for earlier versions of Office will also apply with Office 2007. Plus there’s new features that make keyboard use easier than in the past.
Press the wrong shortcut key? Press Escape to go back one level and retain the shortcut tip display. You don’t have to go back to the start.
This trick is also useful for exploring the new interface to see what’s available via shortcuts
Access full dialog boxes menu from the shortcuts
We’ve talked before about how the ribbon is a new look hiding the standard Word dialog boxes that are still present behind them.
The key to accessing the dialogs is the little arrow icon on the bottom right of appropriate ribbon sections. Here’s the one on the Font section of the Home ribbon in Word 2007:
There are shortcuts to these dialog boxes, just like anything else on the ribbon. Here’s the Font section of the Word 2007 ribbon with the shortcut reminders:
Among all the reminders is the one on bottom right (covering the dialog box icon) to the dialog box. In this case it’s Alt H (to the Home tab) then F and N to reach the full Font dialog box.
You don’t have to wait for the reminder tags to appear when you press the Alt key – the tags are there to help you remember your commonly used shortcuts. Over time you should be able to just click a few keys to get where you want.
If you know the shortcut combination just press the keys and you’ll get where you want to go even if the reminder tags don’t appear.
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