Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Restoring a Keyboard Shortcut.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 24, 2020)
Word makes it easy to assign keyboard shortcuts to a variety of purposes. The two most common things assigned to shortcut keys are macros and built-in Word commands. It is possible, however, to assign a keyboard shortcut to an item and then later regret the assignment. For instance, you might assign a macro to the shortcut Ctrl+~ (the tilde symbol). However, this is a built-in shortcut for typing a letter with a tilde on top, most often used in foreign languages. Of course, if you later discover you need the built-in shortcut, you may wonder how to restore the keyboard shortcut to its intended purpose, rather than running the macro.
This is a relatively easy task. Basically, you need to follow the same steps you followed in order to assign the macro to the shortcut, with one important change. Here's what to do:
Figure 1. The Customize Ribbon options of the Word Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Customize Keyboard dialog box.
The shortcut should now be removed from the macro and it (the shortcut) again resumes doing its previous duty.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10476) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Restoring a Keyboard Shortcut.
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