How to Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to Styles in Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

Assigning keyboard shortcuts to the styles you use most in Word can streamline the document creation process. Just follow these five steps to assign shortcuts.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Display the Styles task pane by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S.
    Styles Task Pane

  2. Place the cursor over the style you want to set a shortcut for and click the drop-down arrow. Select Modify.
    Select Modify

  3. Select Format and then select Shortcut key.
    Select Format Then Shortcut Key
  4. With the cursor in the Press new shortcut key field, press the shortcut you want to assign to this style.
    Press New Shortcut Key Field

  5. Click Assign.
    Click Assign

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.