Office Show 911: The shortcut to keyboard shortcuts

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We know  you dev types like to work fast. In Office, there are ways to do just about everything without a mouse or a touch pad slowing you down. (Try hitting ALT to see the keys for everything on the ribbon.) For a very fast, caffeinated tour of the major ways to skip the mouse, check out this edition of Office Show 911. There are also shortcut  training courses and articles for the major Office apps, like these courses for Word and PowerPoint on Office.com.

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    mdonatas

    I have a keyboard related question from PowerPoint. When `Editing Points` of a shape (say rectangle). How can I select different points and move them with a keyboard? (it's a nightmare to do this with a touchpad).

    p.s. fun show Smiley

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    dougkimster

    I'm afraid there isn't a way to edit shape points entirely with the keyboard. You still have to do some dragging. But here are some instructions that might help make that touchpad easier to use whey you're editing shapes.

     

    Edit points in shape

    Note    Click the shape, and then press ALT+J+D+E+E.

    • To add a point, click the shape outline while pressing CTRL.
    • To delete a point, click the point while pressing CTRL.
    • To have the point treated as a smooth point, press SHIFT while dragging either of the handles attached to the point. Once you stop dragging, the point will be changed to a smooth point. A smooth point joins two line segments of equal length.
    • To have the point treated as a straight point, press CTRL while dragging either of the handles attached to the point. Once you stop dragging the point will be changed to a straight point. A straight point joins two line segments of different lengths.
    • To have the point treated as a corner point, press ALT while dragging either of the handles attached to the point. Once you stop dragging the point will be changed to a corner point. A corner point joins two line segments with one segment going off in a different direction.
    • To cancel the change to the point and line segments, press ESC before releasing the mouse button.
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    FTeR

    That text size changer is nice, too bad for QWERTZ it is AltGr+Ctrl+Shift+Z and AltGr+Ctrl+Shift+M, it would only be fast with 3 hands : )

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