Five Useful Microsoft Office Shortcuts

Microsoft Office is suite of programs used around the world for office and school work.  The Office suite includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  One of the advantages of using these programs is that they have a lot of features, and you can use them to create a variety of projects in many different styles and formats.  Another advantage is that many of the shortcuts that work in one program work in the others as well, and they haven't changed from one version to the next.  
I use Microsoft Office everyday for my job.  I also tutor students who want to improve their skills in one or more of these programs.  There are hundreds of shortcuts.  Most people don't need to know them all (I don't!), but having a few of these in your back pocket.  Here are five of my everyday favorites; they work equally well in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.  Ctrl+X means:  hold down both Control and X.
  1. Ctrl+X -- Cut selected text.
  2. Ctrl+C -- Copy selected text. 
  3. Ctrl+V -- Paste selected text.
  4. Ctrl+Z -- Undo the last command.
  5. Ctrl+Y -- Redo the last command.
Here's a tip.  If you want to learn more Office shortcuts, put them on flashcards.  Don't just memorize them: use them!  Focus on just one new shortcut each day and make a point of practicing it.  Pretty soon, it will start coming naturally, and your work will speed up too.  


Very fine blog post! I think it's useful to know much of this material. You taught me some new tricks, Thanks!


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