More Control Key keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-J and more

27 Sep

hands typing I have previously written about the wonders of Control-F and how this keyboard shortcut  finds text in almost everything (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web pages, WordPress back-end, etc., etc., etc). Then I discussed other Control- or Ctrl+ keyboard shortcuts that you can use to copy and paste, embolden, italicise and underline, find, goto and replace, undo, redo and open, new, print and save. But I’ve recently had some questions about the remaining Control Key commands, so let’s round up what they do.

Why do we use keyboard shortcuts?

Keyboard shortcuts are used to save wear and tear on the wrists, to interact with a computer in other ways than just using two hands and a mouse, to save time, and, maybe, to show off your amazing computer skills.

What are the rest of the keyboard shortcuts using the Control key, then?

Ctrl-D – open the Font dialogue box using Control Key + D

Ctrl-E – centres the text in which the cursor is situated (this acts a toggle, so will un-centre centred text)

Ctrl-J – makes the text in which the cursor is situated become fully justified (again, this is a toggle, so the text will return to left justification (in a left-to-right alphabet document) if it’s already fully justified)

Ctrl-K – opens the Hyperlink dialogue box – make sure you have the text that you want to create a link for highlighted before pressing Control + k

Ctrl-L – makes the text in which the cursor in situated become left-justified (a toggle, so if it’s already only left-justified, pressing this will return the text to its full justification)

Ctrl-M – increases the indent on the left (much like the Tab key)

Ctrl-Q – removes indenting, so if you haven’t got any, it will seem this doesn’t do anything

Ctrl-R – makes the text in which the cursor is located become right-justified (a toggle, so pressing this in text that is already right-justified will change it to left-justified)

Ctrl-T – moves just the bottom indent slider across one tab at a time to create a hanging indent

Ctrl-W – closes the document, giving you the option to save


Did you know ALL of these shortcuts? They’ll save you some mouse clicks and some are a lot quicker and more useful than the other methods you can use to get the same results. Which are your favourites?

Related posts on this blog:

How to find text almost anywhere

Changing from lower case to upper case

Using the Control key shortcuts (the ones that aren’t here)

Find all of the short cuts here


Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Errors, New skills, Short cuts, Word, Writing


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5 responses to “More Control Key keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-J and more

  1. Samantha Lowe

    September 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I didn’t know all of these even though I think I am mostly computer savvy. CTRL-K is ny new favourite!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Liz Dexter

      September 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

      These are the more obscure ones, I had to test some of them out!


  2. Max

    July 2, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Wow, those are really interesting. I found this site because my barcodescanner triggered CTRL+L after every scan. This had the weird effect of opening the Downloads winow in Firefox.
    One other trick: pressing SHIFT sort of does the opposite of all the actions (especially with CTRL+T for example).


    • Liz Dexter

      July 2, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Well, that’s a bit odd – were you able to work out why that was? And yes, SHIFT can reverse a few of these, also the same action with CTRL toggles a fair few of them (Bold, Italics, etc.).



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