Try Out These Shortcuts to Save Time using Word Styles
by Avantix Learning Team | Updated February 8, 2020
Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)
Styles are one of the biggest timesavers in Microsoft Word and a must in longer documents. A style contains a set of formatting instructions which are applied when you apply a style. Styles can then be updated in a couple of steps. Microsoft Word ships with many built-in styles and the default style is the Normal style.
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The following are some great shortcuts you can use with styles in Word.
Apply the Normal style
Select the text or paragraph and then press Ctrl + Shift + N.
Apply the Heading 1 style
Select the text or paragraph and then press Ctrl + Alt + 1.
Apply the Heading 2 style
Select the text or paragraph and then press Ctrl + Alt + 2.
Apply the Heading 3 style
Select the text or paragraph and then press Ctrl + Alt + 3.
Apply the list bullet style
Select the paragraph and then press Ctrl + Shift + L.
Promote or demote a heading
Select the paragraph and then press Alt + Shift + left arrow (promotes to the next highest level such as Heading 3 to Heading 2) or Alt + Shift + right arrow (demotes to the next lowest level such as Heading 2 to Heading 3).
Remove all manual character formatting
Select the text or paragraph and then press Ctrl + Spacebar (removes all manual character formatting but leaves the style formatting).
Remove all manual paragraph formatting
Select the paragraph and then press Ctrl + Q (removes all manual paragraph formatting but leaves the style formatting).
Apply a Style using the Apply Styles dialog box
Select the text or paragraph and then press Ctrll + Shift + S. You can then type a name of a style and press Enter to apply.
Apply a style using the Styles task pane
Select the text or paragraph and then press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S. Select the style you wish to apply in the task pane. To navigate the task pane using only a keyboard, check out No Mouse? Using Keyboard Only Navigation in Microsoft Office (Part 3: Task Panes).
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