Secret shortcut for fast sorting or reordering in Word
Don’t bother using cut / paste to manually sorting or adjusting a list. There’s a faster shortcut for moving a line or paragraph around a Word document which isn’t in the usual lists of Word keyboard shortcuts.
Word has a simple shortcut to that move the current line or paragraph up or down without selecting it first
Windows: Alt + Shift + up/down arrow
Mac: Control + Shift + up/down arrow
No need to select the line or paragraph. The line will move up/down right away.
Put the cursor anywhere in a line then press
Alt + Shift + up or down arrows.
Use this trick to reorder lists or entire paragraphs.
No selection needed
Alt + Shift + up/down works without selecting the text first, which is real time saver.
If part of a line or paragraph is selected, Alt+Shift+up/down will still move the entire paragraph, ignoring the selection.
The entire line/paragraph is automatically selected when you use the shortcut.
More than one paragraph
Usually no selection is required but the shortcut works for selections larger than a paragraph.
Select multiple line or paragraphs then use Alt + Shift + up/down to move the entire selection.
Any partial paragraph selection will be extended to include that entire paragraph in the move.
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