I have a problem in the email-editor in Outlook 2016. Normally I can use ctrl-left arrow and ctrl-right arrow to move the cursor in the editor by a word. This works in every text field on my PC except in Outlook.

I am at a loss to what setting can influence this. In every other Office program the ctrl-left arrow and ctrl-right arrow function like they should. Its a Windows 10 PC, Outlook 2016 is of the Office 365 click-to-run variety and up to date.

  • You may just test in Outlook safe mode (outlook /safe) to see whether it was caused due to a problematic add-in. – Steve Fan Apr 23 '18 at 2:00
  • @SteveFan it did, see my answer. – RS Finance Apr 23 '18 at 6:21
  • Oops! Missed that. Glad to hear that the problem was resolved :) – Steve Fan Apr 23 '18 at 7:12

In my case that was an issue caused be the new "Read Aloud" functionality, as suggested in this thread on Microsoft's site.

The steps I needed:

  • click on "Read Aloud" (a control panel shows up at the top right corner of the edited message)
  • click on "Read Aloud" again (the control panel disappears)

Since that the ctrl-left and ctrl-right arrows work as expected.

  • WTF, that actually worked! Thanks, but what a surprising "feature" :) – Eyvind Nov 7 '18 at 11:30

Apperently this can be fixed in the following way:

  • Close Outlook
  • Start Outlook in the Safe mode
  • Close Outlook
  • Start Outlook normally.

And its fixed.


It's much simpler than all that!

CTRL ALT SPACEBAR toggles the reading stuff.

It's all too easy to hit that combination by accident!



I had the exact same issue.

Couldn't figure out how to resolve it, so finally went back to the e-mail that created the issue in the first place. (I was trying to insert the cent symbol, i.e., "¢" in an e-mail when it first started to happen.)

At any rate, I went into that open message, clicked to the Insert tab and then clicked "Symbol-->More Symbols"(at the bottom once you click on Symbol).

When the dialogue box opened, the font it had defaulted to was"Symbol," so I clicked on that drop down, scrolled to the top to select "Normal," inserted a symbol, and voila! It was fixed.

Don't know if this will work for others, but hopefully it might.

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