many keyboard shortcuts that make your word processing a lot
easier. But there are also many mouse shortcuts that also can make
your word processing tasks quick and easy. So for all of you mouse-a-holics,
here are some of these nifty ways to use your mouse. Some of these you may
have used before, but many you may never have heard of. Here are some of my
favorite mouse shortcuts.
on a word to select (highlight) the word.
on a word to select an entire paragraph.
outside the left margin to select a line of text. (Click
outside the left margin and drag down to select several lines)
outside the left margin to select the entire
Hold down the
Control key and click on a word to select an entire
on the indent marker to open the Paragraph dialog box.
on the vertical ruler to open the Page Setup
on a tab marker in the horizontal ruler to open the
Tabs dialog box.
on the table marker in the ruler to open the Tables
dialog box. You can also double-click on the Table
Move Handle to do the same thing. (The Table Move Handle appears in
the up on left hand corner of the table when you move the cursor into
on any of the options in the Status Bar located at the very
bottom of the screen to open various dialog boxes. When you
place the cursor over an option, you will see a screen tip
telling you what it is. (To show your screen tips, click on the
Tools menu and then click on Customize. Click on the
Options tab. And finally, click on Show ScreenTips
First select some
text. Then hold the Control key and drag the selected
text. This will create a copy of the selected text. This also works
with images and objects.
Cool Mouse Shortcuts
on the split bar at the top of the horizontal
scroll bar to split the window into 2 panes.
Double-click anywhere on the top border of the lower pane to
remove the split. (You can also click and drag these 2 locations to
create a split).
in a header or footer to edit the header or footer
sections. Double click in the main text area to
hide the header/footer sections. You must be in Print Layout View to
use this mouse shortcut.
In the Print
Layout View, click between the pages to
hide or show the white space. You can also click just
below the horizontal scroll bar to do the same
on any toolbar to display the complete toolbar
click anywhere in the document title bar at
the very top of the screen to maximize or restore the window.
Click on the Table
Move Handle to select an entire table.
Here are 2 more Cool Wheel Mouse Tricks.
You must have a
with a scroll wheel on it.
Shift & Spin
Internet Explorer you go either back or forward to previously visited
websites, depending on which direction you spin. Try this - open up Internet
Explorer and click on a few links. Then, hold down your
SHIFT key and spin that
CTRL & Spin
Microsoft Word, Outlook Express (or Outlook),
Internet Explorer and some other applications, hold down your
Ctrl key and
spin the wheel. It makes the text larger or smaller
depending on which way you spin. Some websites lock this feature out so it
may not always work in Explorer.
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