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After highlighting the command for which you’d like to change or add a key combi-
nation, click in the box beneath the “Press new shortcut key” ﬁeld. Now press the
keys you’d like to use as the new key combo, using any combination of the Shift, c,
Option, and Control keys along with a letter, Fkey, or number key.
If that keystroke already “belongs” to another command in the Ofﬁce X program
you’re using, the Customize dialog box shows you which command has it (Figure
17-4). To reassign that keystroke to the new command anyway, click the Assign but-
ton. To keep the current setting, press Delete, and then try another keystroke.
Obviously, you can’t have two commands linked to a single keystroke. However, you
can create more than one keyboard shortcut for a single command. For instance, in
Word X, both c-B and Shift-c-B are assigned to Bold.
Tip: If you ﬁnd yourself frequently triggering some command accidentally, you may want to remove its
assigned keystroke. To do so, click the command name in the list, highlight the keystroke in the “Current
keys” list, and then click the Remove button. Click OK to save the changes.
If you don’t like the key combinations that you’ve edited, you can always reset them
by clicking the Reset All button in the lower-right portion of the dialog box.
Faster Keyboard Reassignment in Word
Word offers a shortcut for assigning a keyboard shortcut
to a menu: Press Option-c and the + sign on your nu-
meric keypad (at the right side of your keyboard). The
mouse pointer changes into a large c symbol.
Now click the toolbar button, or choose the menu com-
mand, for which you want to set up a keystroke. A special
keyboard-reassignment box appears, looking something
like the one in Figure 17-4. Just press the keystroke you
want as described above. You’ve just saved yourself sev-
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