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In older versions of MS Word (2000, 2003, etc) using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+P would focus on (highlight) the font size box in the toolbar allowing me to change the font size.

In newer versions (2010) it instead opens the font dialog to have me select a font size.

While it's not overly inconvenient, is there a way to revert it to the old behavior where I can just modify the size without having a window come up?

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Microsoft Word 2010 does say that Ctrl+Shift+P is assigned to Font Size:


But this now opens the Font window. How intrusive!


To replicate the old functionality of Ctrl+Shift+P, you have to first press Alt...


then H...


and finally, F followed by S.

That's a lot of work! So, I wrote an AutoHotkey script to fix Ctrl+Shift+P:

SetTitleMatchMode, 2
#IfWinActive, Microsoft Word
KeyWait, Ctrl
KeyWait, Shift
Send, {Alt}hfs

If you are unfamiliar with AutoHotkey, I've compiled the script for you. Just run it and it will stay in the system tray (Right click > Exit to close it).

Download:, 784 KB

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It appears that Microsoft removed the shortcut , all that you now have to do is highlight the word and the popup for adjusting font and style comes up.
Personally I think that its more user friendly.


A lot of shortcuts have changed in the new versions, head over to this link to check some of the shortcuts available.

Changed Windows to Microsoft

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he may not want to change it for a highlighted word. but just change it for text he'll type after changing it – barlop Jan 31 '12 at 18:14
Also, highlighting the word with the keyboard (shift/ctrl+arrow) does not bring up the mini toolbar. – iglvzx Jan 31 '12 at 18:39
Shortcuts are set in applications not in OS. Windows could not have change a shortcut for Office. – dnbrv Jan 31 '12 at 19:12
meant microsoft :| – Shekhar Feb 1 '12 at 4:41

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