Using Function Keys

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 22, 2016)

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Many WordTips readers have asked for a definitive list of function keys and their uses. The following table provides such a list. It is suitable for printing and handy reference while using Word.

Key to Press Action
F1: Invoke help system
Shift+F1: Context-sensitive help or reveal formatting
Ctrl+F1: (not assigned)
Alt+F1: Next field
Shift+Ctrl+F1: (not assigned)
Shift+Alt+F1: Previous field
Ctrl+Alt+F1: Display Microsoft System Information
F2: Move selection
Shift+F2: Copy selection
Ctrl+F2: Print Preview
Alt+F2: (not assigned)
Shift+Ctrl+F2: (not assigned)
Shift+Alt+F2: Save
Ctrl+Alt+F2: Open
F3: (not assigned)
Shift+F3: Change case of selection
Ctrl+F3: Cut selection to the Spike
Alt+F3: Create a Building Block entry
Shift+Ctrl+F3: Paste information from the Spike
Shift+Alt+F3: (not assigned)
Ctrl+Alt+F3: (not assigned)
F4: Repeat last action
Shift+F4: Repeat last Find or Go To operation
Ctrl+F4: Close window
Alt+F4: Quit
Shift+Ctrl+F4: (not assigned)
Shift+Alt+F4: Quit
Ctrl+Alt+F4: (not assigned)
F5: Go To
Shift+F5: Return to last edit location
Ctrl+F5: (not assigned)
Alt+F5: Restore program window size
Shift+Ctrl+F5: Edit bookmark
Shift+Alt+F5: (not assigned)
Ctrl+Alt+F5: (not assigned)
F6: Next pane
Shift+F6: Previous pane
Ctrl+F6: Next window
Alt+F6: Switch between dialog box and document
Shift+Ctrl+F6: Previous window
Shift+Alt+F6: Previous window
Ctrl+Alt+F6: (not assigned)
F7: Spell check
Shift+F7: Thesaurus
Ctrl+F7: (not assigned)
Alt+F7: Select next spelling error and display Context menu
Shift+Ctrl+F7: Update links
Shift+Alt+F7: Display Research task pane
Ctrl+Alt+F7: (not assigned)
F8: Extend selection
Shift+F8: Collapse selection
Ctrl+F8: (not assigned)
Alt+F8: Display Macros dialog box
Shift+Ctrl+F8: Start COL selection mode
Shift+Alt+F8: (not assigned)
Ctrl+Alt+F8: (not assigned)
F9: Update fields
Shift+F9: Toggle display of field code or results
Ctrl+F9: Insert field code braces
Alt+F9: Toggle display of all field codes or results
Shift+Ctrl+F9: Convert field to regular text
Shift+Alt+F9: Run GOTOBUTTON or MACROBUTTON from a field
Ctrl+Alt+F9: (not assigned)
F10: Show KeyTips
Shift+F10: Display Context menu
Ctrl+F10: Maximize document window
Alt+F10: Maximize program window
Shift+Ctrl+F10: (not assigned)
Shift+Alt+F10: Control Smart Tags
Ctrl+Alt+F10: (not assigned)
F11: Next field
Shift+F11: Previous field
Ctrl+F11: Lock a field
Alt+F11: Display VBA editor
Shift+Ctrl+F11: Unlock a field
Shift+Alt+F11: (not assigned)
Ctrl+Alt+F11: (not assigned)
F12: Save As
Shift+F12: Save
Ctrl+F12: Open
Alt+F12: (not assigned)
Shift+Ctrl+F12: Print
Shift+Alt+F12: (not assigned)
Ctrl+Alt+F12: (not assigned)

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2013-12-05 19:41:08

Theresa

Hi, this is my first time using this forum or dialog message mode.

I need help on how to create a macro which will pick up the heading style (which I created and called Heading 9 which is an Appendix heading style that automatically typed in the title such as "APPENDIX A" automatically and remembers the numbering sequence for each subsequent Heading 9 style for each subsequent Appendix.

The macro is for any Appendix that has more than one page within that same Appendix, where its first-page heading 9 style would carry over to the next page and would read as follows:

Example: APPENDIX A Introduction, continued

Meaning for each appendix page thereafter (subsequent to the first appendix page) its appendix title should repeat the first-page heading 9 style with the comma and word "continued" added to the end of the heading title.

I would like a macro to automate all of this so I won't need to type it out each time. Can you help? Thanks in advance.


2012-12-22 18:23:25

SGray

I didn't know what format the list of keys was in, and I didn't like all the blue lines. I converted the whole thing to a table and reformatted it for better clarity. But it shows lots of combinations that I wasn't aware of. Very useful.


2012-12-21 05:31:08

Juan

Very useful tip, thanks!


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