Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word Shortcut for Bulleted or Numbered Lists, September 30, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – Shortcut for Creating a Bulleted or Numbered List

You may quickly create a bulleted list of items in your document as follows.

  • Press the asterisk (*) key plus a space at the start of your first item. Type the item text and press Enter.
  • The asterisk will be changed to a bullet and the next line will also start with a bullet so you can type the second item.
  • Continue typing the remaining items of your list and press Enter twice on the last item to turn off the auto-bullet marking.
  • You can also bullet text that is already typed by selecting the line or lines of text and pressing Control+Shift+L.

 

Similarly, you can type a numbered list.

  1. Press “1.” Without the quotes Followed by a space and the text of your first item and then press Enter.
  2. The next line will begin with “2.”. Continue typing the items in your list and press Enter after each item. Each new line will be numbered incrementally.
  3. Press Enter twice on the last item to turn off the auto numbering.

If you later delete one of the numbered items, or insert a new item, the remaining items are automatically renumbered.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word Manual Spell Check, September 23, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – Manual Spell Check

The previous tip discussed the automatic spell check that Word can do as you type your document. However, you may manually want to spell check after you complete the document or perhaps spell check a document written by someone else.

With your Word document open, press F7 to start the spell checker. The spell check window will open, show the number of spell check issues, and place focus on the “Review all Results” button.

  • Press spacebar to activate this review button and you will be taken to the first issue. Word will show what it considers to be the issue, suggest a correction, and show the sentence containing the error. If you use JAWS, it will automatically speak that information for you. If you don’t use a screen reader there is also a button to have Word read the sentence containing the error to you.
  • If you agree with the suggested correction, just press Enter and Word will make the correction and move to the next issue.
  • Otherwise, you may TAB through the correction dialogue where you have multiple choices of actions you may take. There is a button to ignore the issue, ignore all occurrences of that issue in the document, or add the item to Word’s dictionary so it will not be flagged in the future. You may activate those buttons as needed and you will then be moved to the next issue in the document. You may also press Escape anytime to close the spell check window and return to your document.
  • Also, rather than pressing TAB to move through the dialogue controls, you may simply press a single shortcut letter. For example, press key I to ignore the issue, key G to ignore all issues, or key A to add the item to the dictionary. If you press I or G, the item is ignored, and you are moved to the next issue.
  • Thus, you can quickly move through all issues by simply pressing Enter to accept the correction, I to ignore it, or G to ignore all occurrences.
  • There is also a Settings button in the dialogue that you may activate to change how the spell checker behaves.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word, Spell Check and Find Synonyms, September 16, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – Quick Spelling Correction and Finding Synonyms

As you are typing, you might make a typo or hear a misspelled word. If you press the Applications key on the incorrect word, a context menu will open, and Windows will suggest what it thinks is the correct word. Simply press Enter to accept the correction, or Escape to return to your document, or press Tab for additional options such as adding the word to the spelling dictionary, or ignoring it. IF a new word is not suggested when you press the Applications key, then Windows is not aware of the misspelling.

 

Also, when you think you might have used a word too frequently or think there might be a better word to use but you can’t think of one, just press the Applications key on the word. When the context menu opens, arrow down to the Synonyms submenu and press Enter. You will be placed in a list of synonyms. IF one of them is desirable, just press Enter and your original word will be replaced with the chosen synonym. If you don’t like any of the choices, just press Escape to close the menu.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word F12 Save As Shortcut, September 9, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – F12 Save As Shortcut

When editing a new Microsoft Word document that has not yet been saved, you may press Control+S to save the document. However, this brings up the Back Stage Save-As dialogue which is accessible but somewhat awkward to use from the keyboard.

  • Instead of Control+S, you may prefer to press F12. This brings up the more familiar Save-As dialogue with focus in the file name edit box where you can type your new document’s file name. If you want to choose a specific folder to save the document, then Shift+Tab twice to reach the list of files of the current destination folder from where you can navigate to another folder.
  • Note that there are many controls in the Save As dialogue. Rather than pressing TAB many times to reach the Save button, you may just press Alt+S from any of the dialogue fields to activate the Save button.
  • The “Save As Type” field is worth noting. Press TAB once from the file name field to reach it. You may use this list field to convert your document. Arrow up and down the list to see which types of documents you can convert to. For example, you may want to convert your Word document (DOCX type) to a flat text (TXT) type document or to a PDF document. Suppose you want your Word document to be converted to a web page. To do this, select document type, web page HTM or HTML. A second copy of your file will be saved in the new document type you select, and your original document type will also be retained.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word Shortcut Keys Part 2, September 2, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – General Shortcut Keys Part 2

  • Press Control+O to open a new document. You will be placed in the Backstage view where you can press Up/Down arrows to select from the list of Backstage categories, press Left/Right to choose the Tabs for the selected category, and press Enter to open a Tab. The Recent Tab allows you to browse a list of recently used documents. The Document Tab lets you browse your computer folders.
  • While editing a document, press F6 to cycle between the document pane, the status line at the bottom of the screen, and the ribbon. Press Shift+F6 to cycle in the reverse direction.
  • Press Control+F6 to cycle between documents if you have more than one document opened.
  • Press Control+F to search the document. Press Escape to exit the Find dialogue and return to the document.
  • Press Control+PageDown to find the next search item or Control+PageUp to find the previous search item.
  • Press Control+H to search and replace within the document. Note this search and replace dialogue has an option to replace one or all of the search items. For example, you could replace all occurrences of John with Jane.
  • Press Control+Shift+E to toggle the Track Changes feature on or off. With Track Changes on, your revisions will be highlighted so others can see what you have changed in the document.
  • Press F3 to toggle lower/upper case.
  • Press F7 to spell check your document.
  • Press F12 to Save a new document (Save AS window).
  • Press Control+S to save an amended document that has been previously saved.
  • Press Control+W or Control+F4 to close a document window. If you have modified the document since you last saved it, you will be prompted to save or don’t save it.
  • Press Control+P to print a document.
  • Press Control+Z to undo your last action. This is valuable to restore something you accidentally delete or type or paste. You can undo multiple actions by pressing Control+Z multiple times.
  • Press Control+Shift+C to copy the formatting of the current paragraph (e.g. font, bullets, indentation etc.). You can then position to another paragraph and press Control+Shift+V to apply that same formatting to the other paragraph.
  • Press Control+Shift+N to restore the default formatting of the current paragraphs or selected text. This is a quick way to remove headings, font changes, underlining, bolding, bullets or any other formatting that you may have accidentally applied. The text will simply be returned to your default document format.
  • Press Alt to focus on the Office upper ribbon. Press the left/right arrow to move among the upper ribbon tabs.
  • Press TAB to move to the first command for a given ribbon tab. Press TAB and Shift+TAB to move forward and backward among the commands. Press Control+Left/Right arrow to move from one command group to another.
  • For button items, press spacebar or Enter to activate. For a split button, which acts like a menu with multiple choices, press Enter to activate the default choice, or press Alt+Down arrow to open the split button menu and then press Tab or arrow keys to move between the other choices.
  • If you reach a ribbon item you want to use often, press the Applications key to open a context menu for that item . Arrow down the menu and press Enter to add the item to the Quick Access Tool Bar. The next time you require that item, press Alt to reach the ribbon, then up arrow to focus on the Quick Access Tool Bar and then arrow to the required item. Finding an item from the Quick Access Tool Bar is typically much faster than finding it on the ribbons.

 

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Word – General Shortcut Keys Part 1, August 26, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Word – General Shortcut Keys Part 1

While working in a Microsoft Word document (or other documents such as Outlook emails) you can:

  • Press Backspace to delete the previous character.
  • Press Control+Backspace to delete the previous word.
  • Press Delete key to delete the current character at the cursor.
  • Press Control+Delete to delete the next word.
  • To bold text press Control+B, type the text, then press Control+B to turn off bolding. Or, if the text is already typed, select what you want bolded using the Shift plus arrow keys and then press Control+B.
  • The above procedure is identical for underlining text or italicizing text. Just substitute Control+U for underlining and Control+I for italics.
  • Press Control+E to centre the current line.
  • Press Control+Shift+. (period) to increase the font size.
  • Press Control+Shift+, (comma) to decrease the font size.
  • Press Control+Z to undo the last edit action.
  • Press left/right arrow keys to move from character to character.
  • Press Up/Down arrows to move from line to line.
  • Press Home or End keys to move to the beginning or end of a line.
  • Press Control+Home or Control+End to move to the start or end of the document.
  • Press Control+Left/Right arrow keys to move between words.
  • Press Control+Up/Down arrows to move between paragraphs.
  • Include the Shift key with the above navigation shortcut keys to select the text.
  • Press Control+C to copy selected text to the clipboard.
  • Press Control+V to paste text from the clipboard into the document.
  • Press Control+Alt+V to open the paste special menu which allows you to decide how to paste the clipboard contents. For example, you can select to paste as html, plain text, picture, Word object, or RTF. Press Escape to exit the menu without making a choice. It’s important to paste as plain text if you are copying from other documents such as an email in order that you don’t paste the font or formatting of the source document into your Word document. Pasting as plain text will ensure the copied text conforms to the formatting of your Word document.
  • Press Alt+Up/Down arrow keys to move between sentences.
  • Press Control+G to enter a page number to jump to in the document.
  • Press Control+Enter to enter a page break into the document.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Search for Outlook Email Messages, August 19, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook – Search for Messages

If you want to find an older message which may be in your Sent items or Deleted items, first move to the folder where you believe the message is. Do this with Control+Y to bring up the tree view of folders and then arrow to the folder or press its first letter, and then press Enter to open the folder. Now, to search in that folder, press Control+E. An edit box opens. Type one or more words you believe are in the message such as an email name, a unique word from the subject line or within the message body. Then press TAB several times and you will be in a list of messages where your search text was found.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Quickly Move to Outlook Folders, August 12, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook Email – How to Quickly move to Other Folders

While in your email view, you may press Control+Y to bring up a tree view of other email folders that you have created in the past. Arrow up and down the list to the folder you want, and press Enter to open it. Or, you can also use first letter navigation to jump to a folder in the tree view whose name begins with that letter. For example, to quickly get to your Sent items folder, press Control+Y and then press S multiple times until you find Sent items. Then press Enter to open the Sent items folder. Similarly, to open your deleted items folder, press Control+Y, then press D multiple times until you reach deleted items. Then press Enter to open it. To quickly return to your main inbox folder, press Control+Shift+I. To move a message from one folder to another, press Control+Shift+V. Focus is placed in the tree view of folders. Arrow down or press its first letter to choose the destination folder and press Enter to move the message. The folder list is a tree view. If you have subfolders, you may need to arrow down to find the top level folder and then arrow right to open the subfolder. First letter navigation also works to jump to a desired folder but only if the branch of the folder tree that contains the desired folder is open. For example, suppose you have a folder called Math that is a subfolder of School. You can press M to jump to the Math folder but only after you first press S to jump to the School folder and then press right arrow to open the school folder.

 

Note that the Control+Y tree folder does not offer the ability to create new folders, rename folders, or delete folders. To do these functions you need to press Shift+F6 from the list of messages to focus on the tree view of folders. You navigate this tree as explained above but in this view you are able to press Applications key on any of the folders to obtain functions such as delete or rename.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Disable Show In Groups Feature in Outlook Email, August 5, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook Email – How to Disable the Show in Groups  Feature

For keyboard users, the Outlook email feature to group your messages can cause confusion. It allows messages to be grouped by date and when you arrow up and down your message list this may result in messages not appearing that you know should be there. You can collapse or expand the ‘Show in Groups’ by using left or right arrow respectively. On the other hand, you may wish to just disable the Show in Groups feature. To do this, while in your Outlook email, press Alt+V to go to the View Tab of the ribbon. Then, press Tab until you reach the Arrange By submenu. Press Enter to open this submenu and Tab to the Show in Groups checkbox and press space bar if it is checked. This disables the Show in Groups feature for your current email folder. Unfortunately, you will need to do this for each of your email folders.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Create an Outlook Meeting Request, July 29, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – Creating a Meeting Request
Outlook provides a special type of appointment called a meeting request. It allows you to send a meeting request to several people at the same time and each of them can accept your meeting request which will automatically create an appointment in their Outlook calendar. You will also be informed with an email from each person who accepts your meeting request. Follow these steps to use the keyboard to create a meeting request.
• From any Outlook view, press Control+Shift+Q to start a new meeting request. The meeting request window will open where you can enter your meeting details.
• Type the title of your meeting and press TAB. You will be placed in the “Required” field.
• Type the email addresses of the people you need to attend the meeting. Outlook will auto complete email addresses just as when you are filling in the “To” field of an email. Press TAB after entering all the required emails and you will be placed in the Optional field.
• Type the email addresses of the people who can optionally attend your meeting or just press TAB to leave this field blank.
• TAB through and enter the date and times your meeting will begin and end.
• There is a field to find a meeting room which you can ignore.
• Don’t forget to fill in the Location field because everyone needs to know where to meet, or which teleconference number to dial, or, if it is an online Zoom meeting, you could paste the link to the Zoom meeting room here.
• Then press Alt+S to save the meeting time in your Outlook calendar as well as send it to the Outlook outbox for emailing the request to your recipients.
• Each recipient will receive an email with your Meeting Request. To accept/decline your request they can press the Applications key on the request email in their inbox. A context menu will open allowing them to choose to accept or decline.
• As each person accepts or declines your meeting, you will receive an email notification in your own inbox. These emails are just for information and can be deleted.

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Outlook – Protected Email Attachments, July 22, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – Protected Documents on Email Attachments
By default, Windows will protect Office documents that originate from the Internet such as downloaded documents or documents attached to emails. You have probably received an email with an attached Word or Excel document. After saving the attached document and opening it, you notice it has opened in protected view. With a screen reader, you can verify the protected view by reading the screen title line when the document is open. Windows automatically protects documents that originate from the Internet to inhibit malware macros that could be present in the document. However, protecting the document prevents you from editing it, and it may also cause some accessibility issues with screen readers even if you just want to read the document.
If you trust the sender of the document, you can easily turn off the document’s protection.
• With the document open, press Alt+F. This will bring up the list of categories in the document Backstage view. Sometimes, my screen reader tells me the protected document is not open and it is unresponsive to my keyboard. If I Alt+TAB away from the document and Alt+Tab back to it then it unlocks, and I can press Alt+F.
• Arrow down to the Info category of the Backstage view which gives access to the document properties.
• TAB repeatedly through the document properties of the Info category until you reach the “Enable editing” button and press the space bar. This turns off the document’s protected mode so you can edit it.
• Note: If you Tab beyond the Enable Editing button you will find a link to take you to the Trust Centre where you can modify the global protection settings. For example, you could prevent future documents received from the Internet from being automatically protected. However, for safety, I recommend leaving the global protection settings unchanged because it’s safer to have Internet documents protected by default.

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, How to Save Outlook Attachments, July 15, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – How to Save an Attached Document
If you receive an email with one or more attached documents and wish to save the documents, follow these steps:
• From the email message, press Shift+Tab to focus in the email attachments list.
• If there is more than one attachment, arrow left or right to select the document you wish to save. If you wish to save all the attachments press Control+A to select them all.
• Press Control+C to copy the selected attachment(s) to the clipboard.
• Use File Explorer to open the folder where you wish to save the attachment(s).
• Press Control+V to paste the attachment(s) to this folder.
Here’s a second way to save attached documents without using File Explorer.
• From the email message press Shift+Tab to focus in the email attachments list.
• If there is more than one attachment, arrow left or right to select the document you wish to save.
• Press the Applications key or Shift+F10 to open a context menu.
• Arrow down the menu and press Enter on the Save As menu item.
• This opens the Windows Save As dialogue so you can save the attachment.
Note that one of the items in the context menu is to save all attachments so it is not necessary to repeat the above steps for each attachment. If you use the Save All Attachments menu option, you will be placed in a dialogue to confirm and then a second dialogue to select the folder you wish to save all the attachments to.

Windows from the Keyboard Tips, Attach a file to an Outlook Email, July 8, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – How to Attach a Document to an Email
It’s easy to attach a file to an email without using a mouse. Highlight the file you wish to attach using File Explorer. Press Control+C to copy it to the clipboard. Then open your new email window and press Control+V to attach the file to the email. Note that this copy/paste method will not always work if you are using Outlook with an Exchange server which is common in business environments.

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Enable BCC field in Outlook, July 1, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – How to Enable the BCC Field
Microsoft Outlook does not provide the BCC field by default. If you want to use the BCC field, you need to enable it as follows:
• Open a new message window.
• Press Alt+P to open the Options menu of the ribbon.
• Tab multiple times to reach the “Show Fields” item and press spacebar to enable the BCC button.
• Press Escape to exit the ribbon and return to your message.
Note that this need only be done once. Outlook will now offer the BCC field on all new messages.

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Outlook – Distribution Emails and the BCC Field, June 24, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Outlook – Distribution Emails and the BCC Field
What is the purpose of the BCC field in Outlook emails? BCC stands for blind carbon copy. The recipients you put in the BCC field will receive your email, but they will not see the names of the other BCC recipients. If any recipient uses the Reply All feature their email will only be sent to people listed in the To and CC fields. None of the BCC recipients will receive the reply.
Using the BCC field is a handy way to send an email to a group of people without the members of the group seeing each other’s email address. You may wish to put a copy of your own email address in the “To” field, so you receive a copy of the group email. Maintaining the group members’ privacy is considered good email etiquette.
If you expect to send frequent emails to the same group, then after filling in all their email addresses, press Control+A while in the BCC field to select all the names you typed and then press Control+C to copy those names to the clipboard. Send your email and then open a new Word document and press Control+V to save those addresses for later use. Save the Word document which now functions as your distribution list.
When you next need to send an email to the group, open the Word document, press Control+A to select all the text i.e., all the email addresses, then press Control+C to copy them to the clipboard. Open your new email and focus on the BCC field and then press Control+V to paste all the names to the BCC field.
Note: Outlook supports a more formal way of creating distribution lists using group contacts and the Control+Shift+L shortcut to use the Group Contact as the distribution list for an email. You can learn more by reading this Microsoft support article.
Note also that the BCC field is not enabled by default in Outlook. The next tip will explain how to enable the BCC field.
That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Outlook for Windows – Useful Shortcut Keys, June 17, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions.  The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Outlook for Windows – Useful Shortcut Keys

Without using a mouse it’s easy to use and move around in the Windows Outlook program.

  • Press F6 to move through the regions of the main Outlook window: the ribbons, the calendar peek, the navigation tool bar, the folder pane, the message list, and status bar. Control+Tab will also move through the regions, but it excludes the ribbons and status line.
  • Instead of using F6 to reach the navigation bar you can navigate those items directly. Press Control+1 to select the email view, Control+2 to select Calendar view, Control+3 to select Contacts view, Control+4 for the To-Do list and Control+5 for Notes.
  • While in any view, you can press Control+Shift+I to focus on the email inbox and Control+Shift+O to focus on the email outbox.
  • While in the email, calendar, or contact view, press Control+N to start a new email, appointment, or contact respectively.
  • While in any view, press Control+Shift+A to start a new appointment, Control+Shift+C to start a new contact, Control+Shift+E to create a new folder, Control+Shift+K to start a new task in the To Do list, Control+Shift+L to start a new distribution list, Control+Shift+M to start a new email message, Control+Shift+P to open the font dialogue, or Control+Shift+Q to start a new meeting request.
  • While in any email folder just arrow up and down to review the list of messages and press Enter to open a message or press Delete to delete the message. Note that you can hold down Shift while you arrow down the list to select successive messages. With multiple messages selected, the Delete key will delete them all. Control+Delete will also delete the message from either the message list or with the message open.
  • With a message open, you can ask Windows to read it aloud for you even if you don’t have screen reading software. Press Alt+H followed by r, then 1.
  • From the message list or within a message, press Control+R to reply to the sender of a message.
  • Press Control+Shift+R to reply to the sender and all other recipients of the message. Note that any recipients in the BCC field are not visible to you and will not be replied to when you use this Reply All feature.
  • Press Control+E or F3 to search within contacts or emails. This is handy to find old emails because you can enter a recipient name, sender, subject, or words from the body of the message to find it. Press Enter after entering the search text and TAB over to the results list.
  • Press Control+F to forward the message to another person.
  • Press Control+Alt+F to forward the message as an attachment.
  • Press the Applications key on any message to open a context menu of things you can do with that message. For example, there are menu items to print the email, find related emails, or open the Junk submenu to block the sender of that email so that any future emails from the sender will automatically go to your junk folder.
  • While in the To, CC, or BCC fields Outlook will attempt to auto complete any email address as you begin typing it. If there are multiple auto completion possibilities, you may down arrow to see the list of possible auto completions and press Enter on the one you want, or press Delete if you want Outlook to forget that email and not use it for future auto completions.
  • While in the To, CC, or BCC fields, you can press Control+Shift+B to open a dialogue that allows you to search your Outlook contacts for a person and then put that person’s email address into the field.
  • You can press Control+Y to bring up a list of your other inbox folders. Arrow down the list to choose a folder and then press Enter to move to that folder.
  • You can move the current or all selected messages to another folder using Control+Shift+V. Choose the destination folder from the resulting list of folders and press Enter to move your message to that folder.
  • Alt+S is a quick keystroke to finish the message you are typing and save it to the outbox. This same keystroke will save the appointment/meeting request you are typing or a contact you are editing.
  • Control+S, on the other hand, will also save the email message you are typing but instead of saving it to the outbox it will be saved to the Drafts folder. This is handy if you don’t want to immediately send your email and you want to save a draft of it to complete later. To later complete the draft email, use the Control+Y keystroke to go to the Drafts folder and there you will find your saved email. Press Enter to open the draft email and continue working on it. Then you can resave it with Control+S or send it to the Outbox with Alt+S.
  • F7 will start the spell checker.
  • F9: If you have configured Outlook to not automatically download messages and to not automatically send messages that are saved in the outbox, then press F9 when you are ready to download new emails and also send emails that are saved in your outbox.
  • F12 will open the Save As dialogue to save a message to a file.

Here is the complete list of Outlook keyboard shortcuts.

Additional shortcuts for users of the JAWS screen reader:

  • When an email is open, you can quickly read its header information. Press Alt+1 to read who the email is from, Alt+2 to read the date of the email, Alt+3 to read who the message is being sent to, Alt+4 to read the cc field, Alt+5 to read the Subject field  (press twice quickly to focus on the Subject field), and Alt+6 to read the bcc field.
  • From any of those header fields, press Alt+` to jump to the message body.
  • Tip: It’s useful just before you press Alt+S to send a new email message to the outbox, to first press Alt+3, Alt+4, Alt+6 to quickly verify who you put in the “To”, CC, and BCC fields. It’s easy with auto completion to accidentally put someone into these fields that you didn’t intend to.
  • Since Outlook email uses the MS Word engine, you can use JAWS navigation keys to navigate the message body. For example, you may press H to jump from heading to heading, or JAWS+F6 to bring up a list of headings, or JAWS+F7 to bring up a list of links. This can be useful for reading long messages such as newsletters where the sender may have set headings or included links.

That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

 

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Office Searching the Help Database, June 10, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Microsoft Office – Searching the Help Database
When you are in any Office app such as Word, Excel, Power Point, or Outlook you can search that app’s Help database.
• Press F1 to open the Help Search pane.
• Type a topic or question into the search box. For example, in Excel, you might type “how to insert rows” without the quotes.
• As you type your search text, matching search results will appear in a list. You can arrow up and down the list to find the topic that you want, and press Enter.
• Then you can press TAB to find links to more specific information on the selected topic,
• Press Enter to activate the link and open the corresponding Help article which can then be read as a web page.
• Press Shift+F6 to go back to your document pane and F6 from there to return to the Help pane.
That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Microsoft Office Back Stage View, June 3, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.
Microsoft Office – Document Backstage View
The Backstage view is a useful interface to explore and use for keyboard users.
When you launch Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, or Power Point via a desktop icon or from the Start menu you are placed in the Backstage view. The Backstage view replaces the File menu on older versions of Office. You may also reach the Backstage view by pressing Alt+F. Backstage view has a list of categories that allow you to open or save documents, print documents, export documents to other formats such as PDF or HTML, manipulate the current document’s properties, and more. You select the Backstage category from a list of categories using Up/Down arrows. For each category, there are different controls which you can explore with Tab or Shift+Tab.
For example, the Open category allows you to reopen a document from a list of recent documents or, if you press Down arrow on the Recent tab, you will find other sources for documents such as OneDrive, This PC,and a Browse button. The Browse button will launch the usual Open File Dialogue.
The Info category allows you to protect/unprotect a file, add a security password to a file, or add title or author attributes, add search keywords, and more. Note that adding a document title in the Backstage view is especially useful if you plan to save the document in html format for later inclusion as a web page. The document title will then become the web page title when you save the Word document as an HTML document.
Although the Backstage view is completely Accessible, sometimes it just gets in the way. You may just want to open MS Word and start a new blank document. You can exit the backstage view and return to the document window by pressing Escape. For example, to start a new MS Word document simply launch Word, then press Escape to exit the Backstage view and you will be in a blank document Window. Type your document and then press F12 to save it.
That’s it for this tip. Until next Wednesday, happy computing.

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Document Backstage View, May 27, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Office – Document Backstage View

The Backstage view is a useful interface to explore and use for keyboard users.
When you launch Microsoft Office apps such as Excel, Word, or Power Point via a desktop icon or from the Start menu you are placed in the Backstage view. The Backstage view replaces the File menu on older versions of Office. You may also reach the Backstage view by pressing Alt+F. Backstage view has a list of categories that allow you to open or save documents, print documents, export documents to other formats such as PDF or HTML, manipulate the current document’s properties, and more. You select the Backstage category from a list of categories using Up/Down arrows. For each category, there are different controls which you can explore with Tab or Shift+Tab.

For example, the Open category allows you to reopen a document from a list of recent documents or, if you press Down arrow on the Recent tab, you will find other sources for documents such as OneDrive, This PC,and a Browse button. The Browse button will launch the usual Open File Dialogue.

The Info category allows you to protect/unprotect a file, add a security password to a file, or add title or author attributes, add search keywords, and more. Note that adding a document title in the Backstage view is especially useful if you plan to save the document in html format for later inclusion as a web page. The document title will then become the web page title when you save the Word document as an HTML document.

Although the Backstage view is completely Accessible, sometimes it just gets in the way. You may just want to open MS Word and start a new blank document. You can exit the backstage view and return to the document window by pressing Escape. For example, to start a new MS Word document simply launch Word, then press Escape to exit the Backstage view and you will be in a blank document Window. Type your document and then press F12 to save it.

Windows From the Keyboard Tips, Ribbons and the Quick Access Tool Bar, May 20, 2020

Hello. This is Gerry Chevalier from the GTT Edmonton Chapter. This weekly blog provides tips that I find useful as a keyboard user of Windows. The information is for Windows10 and Office 365, although many tips still apply to older versions. The tips do not require a screen reader unless specifically noted. Thus, the tips apply whether you are a keyboard user or low vision mouse user. Here is this week’s tip.

Microsoft Office – Ribbons and the Quick Access Tool Bar

Navigating the ribbon commands with the keyboard or trying to remember many Key Tip sequences can be frustrating especially for commands that you use frequently. The Quick Access tool bar can mitigate this frustration. You can place frequently used ribbon commands on the Quick Access tool bar where they can be found quickly and easily.

For example, a common command I use in Excel is to auto adjust the column width to fit the cell contents. This command is on the Home ribbon in the cells group and its key tip sequence is:
ALT+H, O, I
This is difficult to remember to say the least. You can add this ribbon command to the Quick Access Tool Bar as follows:
• While in your Excel workbook, press ALT+H, O, I to select the auto adjust column width command or, press Alt+H to open the Home ribbon and then Tab repeatedly to reach the Auto Adjust Column Width command. However, don’t press Enter to activate the command.
• Instead, press the Applications key to open a context menu, and arrow down to find the “Add to Quick Access Tool Bar” and then press Enter.
• This command is now on the Quick Access Tool Bar.
The next time you need to use the command, follow these simpler steps:
• Press Alt to focus on the main ribbon.
• Press up arrow to reach the Quick Access Tool Bar.
• Arrow left or right on the tool bar to find the Auto fit column width function and press Enter. No memorizing of long shortcuts!
• You can add many ribbon commands to the Quick Access Tool Bar in the same manner. You can also find the command using the Alt+Q command search described in the previous tip, and when the command appears in the search results, press the Applications key to find the option to add it to the Quick Access tool bar.
• If you can remember the order of your Quick Access items, then you can activate them more quickly. For example, press ALT+1 to activate the first Quick Access Tool Bar item, press ALT+2 to activate the second item and so on.
• If you decide to remove a command from the Quick Access Tool Bar, just navigate to the command and then press the Applications key to open the context menu. On my computer the Applications key does not open the context menu on the Quick Access Tool Bar but Shift+F10 does. From the context menu select the item, Remove from the Quick Access Tool Bar, and press Enter. You may find it useful to remove some default commands that Microsoft puts on the tool bar, such as Undo, Redo, Save, which already have simple shortcuts namely, Control+Z, Control+Y, and Control+S, so they tend to just clutter the Quick Access tool bar.
Each Office program e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook and Power Point have their own Quick Access Tool bar and the process for adding commands and using the tool bar is the same.