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: Speeding Up Cursor Movement.

Speeding Up Cursor Movement

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 26, 2018)

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Do you ever become impatient when using the cursor control keys (the arrows) to scroll through text in your document? Depending on your system settings, it can be a painfully slow process to move through a document a single character at a time.

To speed things up considerably, just hold down the Ctrl key and press either the left or right arrow keys. This causes the insertion point to jump from word to word, rather than character to character. The increase in speed is dramatic. To speed things up even more, you can use the Ctrl key and press either the up or down arrow keys. This causes the insertion point to jump from paragraph to paragraph.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12546) 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: Speeding Up Cursor Movement.

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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2016-03-03 13:53:58

Dave Wolf

To really supercharge cursor movement, you can also use Ctrl+Up/Down to move by a full paragraph in either direction.


2013-03-16 15:05:38

Kat

Thank you! Such a simple tip, that I'm sure will speed up my Word editing dramatically!

Generally impressed with the emails you send, and have forwarded a couple to people I know they will help too.


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