Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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.

Restoring a Keyboard Shortcut

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 22, 2015)

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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:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 and Word 2013, display the File tab of the ribbon and click Options.)
  2. At the left side of the dialog box click Customize (Word 2007) or Customize Ribbon (Word 2010 and Word 2013). (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Customize Ribbon options of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. At the bottom of the dialog box click Customize, next to the Keyboard Shortcuts label. Word displays the Customize Keyboard dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  5. Figure 2. The Customize Keyboard dialog box.

  6. In the Categories list, choose Macros.
  7. In the Macros list, choose the macro you previously assigned to the Ctrl+~ shortcut. The shortcut should now show up in the Current Keys list.
  8. In the Current Keys list, click the Ctrl+~ shortcut.
  9. Click the Remove button.
  10. Click Close, then close the Word Options dialog box as well.

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, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Restoring a Keyboard Shortcut.

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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2016-12-29 14:46:39

Paul

I see no option for restoring ctrl+shift+right arrow for selecting word right. Using WORD 2016


2015-08-26 23:34:42

Phil Reinemann

If instead of removing the shortcut for the macro, you assigned it to another shortcut, would the original shortcut change back to what it was, or would you have two shortcuts that executed the macro?


2015-08-24 03:50:27

Gerald Thorburn

Is it being pedantic Alan to say that applying the tilde as you describe (para #1) is actually Ctrl + Shift + Tilde (and THEN, say, 'n' as in Spanish), to achieve the desired effect.

Many, many thanks for all your efforts. I use Access in 90% of my work and just wish I used Word more to buy stuff from you and apply all the tricks!


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