Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to Keep with Next and Keep Lines Together in Microsoft Word

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated April 8, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365 (Windows)

You can save time in Microsoft Word by creating keyboard shortcuts for frequently-used commands such as Keep with next and Keep lines together. You can become a Word power user in no time by writing your own keyboard shortcuts. When writing keyboard shortcuts, you can begin with Ctrl or a function key. If you want the shortcuts you create to be available in new blank documents, save them in the Normal (default) template.

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Assigning a keyboard shortcut to Keep with next

Keep with next is a paragraph command to keep a paragraph with the next paragraph.

To assign a keyboard shortcut to Keep with next in Word:

  1. Click the File tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click Options.
  3. In the left panel, click Customize Ribbon.
  4. At the bottom, beside Keyboard Shortcuts, click Customize. The Customize Keyboard dialog box appears.
  5. In the Categories list, click All commands.
  6. In the Commands list, click ParaKeepWithNext.
  7. Click the box below Press new shortcut key.
  8. Press the keys you want to assign (at the same time) such as Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P. It’s best not to assign shortcuts that override built-in shortcuts.
  9. Click Assign.
  10. Select a location to save changes in (typically this is the Normal template).
  11. Click Close.
  12. Click OK in the Options dialog box.

Below is the Customize Keyboard dialog box to assign a shortcut to Keep with next:

Assign keyboard shortcut to keep with next in Word options.:

Assigning a keyboard shortcut to Keep lines together

Keep lines together is a paragraph command to keep all lines in paragraph together so they will not break across pages.

To assign a keyboard shortcut to Keep lines together in Word:

  1. Click the File tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click Options.
  3. In the left panel, click Customize Ribbon.
  4. At the bottom, beside Keyboard Shortcuts, click Customize. The Customize Keyboard dialog box appears.
  5. In the Categories list, click All commands.
  6. In the Commands list, click ParaKeepLinesTogether.
  7. Click the box below Press new shortcut key.
  8. Press the keys you want to assign (at the same time) such as Ctrl + Alt + L. It’s best not to assign shortcuts that override built-in shortcuts.
  9. Click Assign.
  10. Select a location to save changes in (typically this is the Normal template).
  11. Click Close.
  12. Click OK in the Options dialog box.

Below is the Customize Keyboard dialog box to assign a shortcut to Keep lines together:

Assign a keyboard shortcut to keep lines together in Word using Opitons.

Keyboard customizations are typically saved in the Normal template so when you exit Word, if you are prompted to Save the Normal template, click Yes.

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