I accidentally discovered a new type of keyboard shortcut that you can use in Microsoft Office. I have not noticed any, but apparently, some new keyboards come with an “Office” key. Luckily, the Office key is equivalent to the handy (pun intended) Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Win, which I think we can call mash. I am not sure if or how you can use these keyboard shortcuts without Office.
Unfortunately, Office monopolizes some of the best shortcuts:
- Office (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Win): Office (launcher)
- Office+D: OneDrive
- Office+L: LinkedIn
- Office+N: OneNote
- Office+P: PowerPoint
- Office+T: Teams
- Office+W: Word
- Office+X: Excel
- Office+Y: Yammer (hooray.)
For me, Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Win+D apparently tries the wrong place for onedrive.exe (mine is in “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\OneDrive.exe”) and falls back to using the browser.
You can use the Office key in your own Office keyboard shortcuts. In Word:
- On the home tab, in the Styles group, right-click a style, and then select Modify.
- Click Format, and then click Shortcut key.
- Press the shortcut key and then click Close.