Using external keyboard shortcuts with Word for iPad

Now that Office has finally made its way to the iPad, find out how to increase your productivity with these external keyboard shortcuts.

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In San Francisco yesterday, Microsoft announced the long-awaited arrival of Office for iPad. For some users, the availability of Office for iPad will make replacing their laptops with a tablet even easier. And if you plan to do a lot of typing in Office, you may end up relying on external keyboards.

External keyboards can help increase the iPad's productivity. Practically any Bluetooth keyboard should be able to pair with the iPad, but the Apple-specific keyboards are preferable if you want to use keyboard shortcuts. Here are the external keyboard shortcuts you can use with Word for iPad:

Editing and formatting

Command + X : Cut
Command + C : Copy
Command + V : Paste
Command + A : Select all
Command + Z : Undo
Shift + Command + Z : Redo
Command + B : Bold
Command + I : Italicize
Command + U : Underline

Navigating

Command + Left Arrow : Move cursor to beginning of current line
Command + Right Arrow : Move cursor to end of current line
Command + Up Arrow : Move cursor to beginning of document
Command + Down Arrow : Move cursor to end of document
Option + Right Arrow : Move cursor to the right by one word
Option + Left Arrow : Move cursor to the left by one word
Option + Up Arrow : Move cursor up by one paragraph
Option + Down Arrow : Move cursor down by one paragraph
Shift + Arrows : Select text (right, left, up and below)
Shift + Option + Right Arrow : Select word to the right
Shift + Option + Left Arrow : Select word to the left
Shift + Option + Up Arrow : Select paragraph above
Shift + Option + Down Arrow : Select paragraph below
Shift + Command + Right Arrow : Select from current position to end of line
Shift + Command + Left Arrow : Select from current position to beginning of line
Shift + Command + Up Arrow : Select from current position to beginning of document
Shift + Command + Down Arrow : Select from the current position to end of document

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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