Microsoft Word for Android keyboard shortcuts

Tap into the power of Android and Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word for Android keyboard shortcuts
Credit: Stephen Glasskeys

Many -- if not most -- modern desktop programs implement keyboard shortcuts, which allow users to perform tasks quickly, eliminating the need to use a mouse.

For example, Word supports a huge number of shortcuts, so many in fact, Microsoft created this documentation page, containing lists of shortcuts grouped by functionality. But the shortcuts don't only apply to the desktop version of Word: many of the same shortcut key combinations also happen to work for Microsoft Word on Android.

So, using the same keyboard shortcuts listed on Microsoft's page, I cobbled together the following subset of shortcuts that work on Microsoft Word for Android. I also added a few at the bottom that appear to work only for Word on Android (Emoji, emoticons, and miscellaneous) and not the PC version. 

Undo and redo actions

Cancel an action: ESC
Undo an action: CTRL+Z
Redo or repeat an action: CTRL+Y

Common tasks in Microsoft Word

Make letters bold: CTRL+B
Make letters italic: CTRL+I
Make letters underline: CTRL+U
Copy the selected text: CTRL+C
Cut the selected text: CTRL+X
Paste text or an object: CTRL+V
Undo the last action: CTRL+Z
Redo the last action: CTRL+Y

Create, view, and save documents

Save a document: CTRL+S

Find, replace, and browse through text

Search document: CTRL+F
Repeat find: ALT+CTRL+Y
Replace text: CTRL+H

Print and preview documents

Navigate preview page when zoomed in: Arrow keys
Move up a page when zoomed out: PAGE UP 
Move down a page when zoomed out: PAGE DOWN
Go to first preview page when zoomed out: CTRL+HOME
Go to last preview page when zoomed out: CTRL+END

Review documents

Insert a comment: ALT+CTRL+M
Turn change tracking on or off: CTRL+SHIFT+E
Close the Reviewing Pane if it is open: ALT+SHIFT+C

Read mode

Go to beginning of document: HOME
Go to end of document: END
Go to page n: n, ENTER
Exit Read mode: ESC

Delete text and graphics

Delete one character to the left: BACKSPACE
Delete one word to the left: CTRL+BACKSPACE
Delete one character to the right: DELETE
Delete one word to the right: CTRL+DELETE
Cut selected text to clipboard: CTRL+X
Undo the last action: CTRL+Z

Copy and move text and graphics

Copy selected text to the clipboard: CTRL+C
Cut selected text to the clipboard: CTRL+X
Paste from the clipboard: CTRL+V

Insert special characters

Insert a line break: SHIFT+ENTER
A page break: CTRL+ENTER
A column break: CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER
A single opening quotation mark: CTRL+`(single quote), `(single quote)
A single closing quotation mark: CTRL+' (single quotation mark), ' (single quotation mark)
Double opening quotation marks: CTRL+` (single quotation mark), SHIFT+' (single quotation mark)
Double closing quotation marks: CTRL+' (single quotation mark), SHIFT+' (single quotation mark)

Insert characters by using character codes

Insert the Unicode character for the specified Unicode (hexadecimal) character code. For example, to insert the euro currency symbol (Euro currency symbol), type 20AC, and then hold down ALT and press X: Press the character code, ALT+X

Find out the Unicode character code for the selected character: ALT+X

Insert the ANSI character for the specified ANSI (decimal) character code. For example, to insert the euro currency symbol, hold down ALT and press 0128 on the numeric keypad: ALT+the character code (on the numeric keypad)

Select text and graphics

Select text: SHIFT and use the arrow keys to move the cursor.

Extend a selection

Extend a selection one character to the right: SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Extend a selection one character to the left: SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Extend a selection to the end of a word: CTRL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Extend a selection to the beginning of a word: CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Extend a selection to the end of a line: SHIFT+END
Extend a selection to the beginning of a line: SHIFT+HOME
Extend a selection one line down: SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Extend a selection one line up: SHIFT+UP ARROW
Extend a selection to the end of a paragraph: CTRL+SHIFT+DOWN ARROW
Extend a selection to the beginning of a paragraph: CTRL+SHIFT+UP ARROW
Extend a selection one screen down: SHIFT+PAGE DOWN
Extend a selection one screen up: SHIFT+PAGE UP
Extend a selection to the beginning of a document: CTRL+SHIFT+HOME
Extend a selection to the end of a document: CTRL+SHIFT+END
Extend a selection to the end of a window: ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+PAGE DOWN
Extend a selection to include the entire document: CTRL+A

Select text and graphics in a table

Select the next cell's contents: TAB
Select the preceding cell's contents: SHIFT+TAB
Extend a selection to adjacent cells: Hold down SHIFT and press an arrow key repeatedly
Select a column from the top cell: SHIFT+ALT+PAGE DOWN
Select a column from the bottom cell: SHIFT+ALT+PAGE UP

Move through your document

One character to the left: LEFT ARROW
One character to the right: RIGHT ARROW
One word to the left: CTRL+LEFT ARROW
One word to the right: CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
One paragraph up: CTRL+UP ARROW
One paragraph down: CTRL+DOWN ARROW
One cell to the left (in a table): SHIFT+TAB
One cell to the right (in a table): TAB
Up one line: UP ARROW
Down one line: DOWN ARROW
To the end of a line: END
To the beginning of a line: HOME
To the top of the window: ALT+CTRL+PAGE UP
To the end of the window: ALT+CTRL+PAGE DOWN
Up one screen (scrolling): PAGE UP
Down one screen (scrolling): PAGE DOWN
To the top of the next page: CTRL+PAGE DOWN
To the top of the previous page: CTRL+PAGE UP
To the end of a document: CTRL+END
To the beginning of a document: CTRL+HOME

Move around in a table

To the next cell in a row: TAB
To the previous cell in a row: SHIFT+TAB
To the first cell in a row: ALT+HOME
To the last cell in a row: ALT+END
To the first cell in a column: ALT+PAGE UP
To the last cell in a column: ALT+PAGE DOWN
To the previous row: UP ARROW
To the next row: DOWN ARROW

Insert paragraphs and tab characters in a table

New paragraphs in a cell: ENTER

Apply character formats

Change the case of letters: SHIFT+F3
Format all letters as capitals: CTRL+SHIFT+A
Apply bold formatting: CTRL+B
Apply an underline: CTRL+U
Underline words but not spaces: CTRL+SHIFT+W
Double-underline text: CTRL+SHIFT+D
Apply hidden text formatting: CTRL+SHIFT+H
Apply italic formatting: CTRL+I
Format letters as small capitals: CTRL+SHIFT+K
Change the selection to the Symbol font: CTRL+SHIFT+Q

Set the line spacing

Single-space lines: CTRL+1
Double-space lines: CTRL+2
Set 1.5-line spacing: CTRL+5
Add or remove one line space preceding a paragraph: CTRL+0 (zero)

Align paragraphs

Switch a paragraph between centered and left-aligned: CTRL+E
Switch a paragraph between justified and left-aligned: CTRL+J
Switch a paragraph between right-aligned and left-aligned: CTRL+R
Left align a paragraph: CTRL+L
Create a hanging indent: CTRL+T
Reduce a hanging indent: CTRL+SHIFT+T 

Apply paragraph styles

Start AutoFormat: ALT+CTRL+K
Apply the Normal style: CTRL+SHIFT+N
Apply the Heading 1 style: ALT+CTRL+1
Apply the Heading 2 style: ALT+CTRL+2
Apply the Heading 3 style: ALT+CTRL+3

Function keys

Repeat the last action: F4
Choose the Spelling command (Review): F7

SHIFT+Function key

Repeat a Find or Go To action: SHIFT+F4

ALT+Function key

Find the next misspelling or grammatical error: ALT+F7

Emoji 

To show emoji deck: ALT
Close emoji deck: ESC 

Emoticons

These emoticons are converted automatically to emoji:  :)  :(   :|

Miscellaneous

To insert "Ç": ALT+SHIFT+C 
To insert "ß": ALT+S 

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