Hunting for symbols?

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.msword

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+Alt em dash
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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