When using Microsoft Word on a PC, I can hold the alt key, and it will let me access any item on the program menu. It will also show the keyboard shortcut for every item on that menu, as shown below.

Word for Windows

However I cannot find the equivalent shortcut on the Mac version of Microsoft Word. How do I access the microsoft word menu through the keyboard when using OSX?

Edit: To clarify, I seek to access this menu:

correct menu

not this menu, which can be accessed through ctrl + F2

incorrect menut

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    Possible duplicate of Accessing Menus in Mac OS X via Keyboard Might be old, but it's still valid.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 8, 2016 at 16:05
  • @Tetsujin Added clarification on why my question is different. Namely, that I wish to access a different menu than the one specified in the potential duplicate. Aug 8, 2016 at 16:51
  • Ah, OK... then not a dupe [I retracted my vote] - that looks like one of Microsoft's "go it alone & ignore all aspects of the Mac Toolbox Guidelines" menus. Wish you luck, but I've no idea, sorry, never used recent versions of Office.
    – Tetsujin
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:01

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What version of Microsoft Word are you using?

According to this link, that functionality is not supported in Word 2011 for OS X.

Edit: Additionally this answer on the apple Stack Exchange says that alt-shortcuts have not been implemented in the 2016 version either.

  • MS word 2016, version 15.23.2 Aug 10, 2016 at 13:41
  • Apparently it has not been implemented in the 2016 version either. Edited that into the answer. Aug 10, 2016 at 13:54
  • Apparently those shortcuts, or more specifically icons that display shortcuts, are not exactly a feature of Word. They are a part of Windows. OS X doesn't have some equivalent. It is explained in the answer in first link.
    – Darko
    Aug 10, 2016 at 14:01

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