How to Turn off Shortcut Key in MS Word

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While programs attempt to make our lives easier with more features and a user-friendly interface, accidentally pressing a button can be frustrating. Microsoft Word has created a list of pre-programmed shortcuts, also known as "hot keys." Key combinations such as "Ctrl" and "S" for the "Save Document" command make the user more efficient in creating a document. Whether you want to turn off one shortcut key or remove them all, you can modify them with a few clicks of the mouse.

Microsoft Word 2003, 2007

  • Click on the "View" tab located across the top toolbar of the Word program. In the drop-down menu, select "Customize Toolbars and Menus."

  • Click on the "Keyboard" button located in the bottom-right corner of the pop-up window.

  • Open the category and command of the shortcut key you wish to turn off. If there are any shortcuts associated with the command, it will appear under the "Current Key" section of the window.

  • Highlight the shortcut commands you wish to turn off under the "Current Keys" section.

  • Click the "Remove" button located on the right of the command shortcut.

Microsoft Word 2010

  • Press the "Alt" and "F" keys on your keyboards simultaneously to open the "Word Options" window.

  • Click the "Customize Ribbon" option and press the "Tab" key on your keyboard until the "Customize" option is highlighted.

  • Click on the "Commands" button to pull up a list of commands for Microsoft Word.

  • Press the "Down" or "Up" arrows keys to highlight through the commands list. Once you have selected the shortcut you want to turn off, click the "Remove" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • To remove and turn off all shortcut keys in Microsoft Word, click the "Reset All" button located in the "Customize Keyboard" window.

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