Microsoft 365: Word with keyboard shortcuts for unformatted text – after 40 (!) years

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from Claus Ludewig
Anyone who has ever inserted text into a Word document is probably familiar with the problem that the entire formatting of the text file can then change. With a new keyboard shortcut for unformatted text, this danger no longer exists in Microsoft 365.

In addition to Microsoft 365, which offers Office programs and more Microsoft software as a subscription, there are still Office packages available as single-user licenses. The current version is Microsoft Office 2021, which is a kind of snapshot of the Office functions from Microsoft 365 from 2021. In the meantime there is another innovation that only subscribers receive at first. For example, the word processing program Word has been given some modified shortcuts to adapt operation to other common programs such as Gmail.

New keyboard shortcuts in Word: Users have a choice

If you want to paste unformatted text, you can now press Control + Shift + V at the same time. The copied text is already pasted, but no consideration is given to font, size, color and the like. Instead, these parameters can be adjusted individually in Word. This minimizes the risk of newly inserted text destroying the formatting of the entire document. If you want to quickly copy text formats, you can now press the key combination Ctrl + Alt + C and then use Ctrl + Alt + V to apply the formatting to another text section. If you want to insert text in its original formatting, this can be done using the key combination Alt + R + V + U. All changed Microsoft has shortcuts in the form of a table compiled.

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If you don’t get along with the changed shortcuts, you can restore the old shortcuts. To do this, go to the “Customize the ribbon” sub-item in the Word options and define your own key combinations there. All new shortcuts are available now to Microsoft 365 subscribers. At least Office version 16.0.15831.20174 must be running on Windows 10/11 or version 16.67.1113.0 on macOS.

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Collection of new keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word:

  • Microsoft has introduced new key combinations for the word processing program Word, which should make work easier.
  • Every Word user knows the danger that a newly inserted text destroys the formatting of the entire document. With a new keyboard shortcut, this should be a thing of the past.
  • If you want to paste unformatted text, you can now press Control + Shift + V at the same time. The copied text is already pasted, but no consideration is given to font, size, color and the like. This preserves the original formatting of the text file.
  • If you want, you can also define your own keyboard shortcuts in the Word options.
  • All new shortcuts are available now to Microsoft 365 subscribers.
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Source: Microsoft

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