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I have a word doc which has a tabbed-column list and I want to change some text in one column (single words) to use a different font. At the moment I double-click a word to highlight it then click the dropdown, scroll down to Consolas,etc. etc. and it takes forever. Is there a keyboard shortcut to change a font to my most recently selected?

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EDIT: Sorry guys I had to dash off (boss kept me talking). Would somebody care to explain the downvote? It's Word 2013.

I don't know of the keyboard shortcuts in Word for this - that's what I'm asking.

I didn't realise macros were still around in Word, thought it was only Excel. Certainly nothing obvious in the menu "ribbon".

EDIT: Found it under "Views" Macros for Dummies

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What version of Word? I'm pretty sure newer versions save your used fonts at the top of the font list. I don't know of a keyboard shortcut but you could type the font name in that dropbox to save some time. Another strategy is to mark the words with a * or something and come back later and do all the words at once, then delete the * with a find and replace. –  Wutnaut Jul 16 at 17:22
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Did you look a the Word keyboard shortcut list yet? If one doesn't exist, then make a macro and assign a key to it; that's what they're there for. ;) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jul 16 at 17:25
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As a note, if you're going to be doing this frequently, it might make sense to make it a custom formatting/style (which can be assigned shortcut keys, i.e. ctrl-alt-1 being assigned to Heading 1). This has the added advantage that if you decide to change things later, all instances can be updated at once, rather than having to hunt them down and find individual uses of a specific font . . . –  ernie Jul 16 at 17:36

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From memory, no "Word" available

Find the option to "Record a macro" , close to it you should might find "use relative references" (uhh... or is that Excel only?) click it so that it is active - if it is there.

  • Make sure the cursor is in position to do one replacement
  • Click on "Record macro"
  • Options to define a keyboard short and more appears (edit: added)
  • Slowly do the steps you need to fulfill your task
  • Click "Stop recording"

SOMEWHERE in that sequence you will be able to define a shortcut key for the macro you just recorded.

In recording: Avoid using the mouse for cursor movements and selections. Select by holding either of the SHIFT keys AND moving the cursor by the arrow-keys (CTRL+Arrow for full words), as you have one word selected - use the mouse to set the font, deselect by MOVING the cursor - just back/forth if you do not have anything more meaningful. You may also be able to reposition the cursor IN PREPARATION for a repeated run on NEXT word - before you stop recording.

If you're successful with the repositioning of the cursor - then the entire process might end upp be to repeatedly launch the macro with the shortcut key.

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Thanks! Good tip on the cursor movement. I used this guide: dummies.com/how-to/content/… –  VictorySaber Jul 17 at 7:28
    
=) nice one with images and all... I'm using Excel too much ;-) –  Hannu Jul 17 at 17:02

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