I use Scrivener and MS Word for my writing.
Don’t ask why, I’m just weird that way. However, Sometimes my writing flow is interrupted when I can’t remember the shortcut key for a specific symbol.
Searching through the Insert Symbol tab is like coming to a stop sign.
To ease my irritation a little, I made a cheat sheet and thought I’d share.
So if you are tired of searching for just the right symbol as if you’re looking for a matching pair of socks in a drawer that won’t close. Hope this helps.
Shortcut keys for symbols
|Ctrl+W||Close the active window / document.|
|Ctrl+Z||Undo an action.|
|Ctrl+Y||Redo the last action or repeat an action.|
|Ctrl+S||Save a document.|
|Ctrl+P||Print a document.|
|Ctrl+K||Insert a hyperlink.|
|Alt+Left||Arrow Go back one page.|
|Alt+Right||Arrow Go forward one page.|
|Ctrl+C||Copy selected text or graphics to the Office Clipboard.|
|Ctrl+V||Paste the most recent addition to the Office Clipboard.|
|Ctrl+Shift+A||Format all letters as capitals.|
|Ctrl+B||Applies or removes bold formatting.|
|Ctrl+I||Applies or removes italic formatting.|
|Ctrl+=||Apply subscript formatting (automatic spacing).|
|Alt, F, A||Save As.|
|Alt, S, T, I||Insert Table of Contents.|
|Alt, S, T, R||Remove Table of Contents.|
|Alt, W, F||Full Screen Reading – View > Document Views > Full Screen Reading.|
|Alt, W, R||Ruler. View > Show/Hide > Ruler.|
|Alt, F, X||Exit Word.|
For less commonly used keyboard combinations check out this website:
For more Alt symbol codes go to:
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One thought on “Hunting for symbols?”
A.w.e.s.o.m.e. You’re right. It takes much too long to find the symbol you want. This is much faster. Thanks. 🙂
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