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How to change the keyboard shortcut for a macro in Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

Have you ever created a macro and then forgotten the keyboard shortcut for it? Or perhaps you want to change the keyboard shortcut for a macro to something easier to remember. Whatever the reason, changing the shortcut is easy – as long as you know where to look, that is.

You might think that it would be somewhere in the Visual Basic macro code. But alas, it is not. It’s actually located under the Customize Ribbon category of Word Options.

To Change the Keyboard Shortcut of a Macro

  1. Click the File tab on the Ribbon and then click Options.
  2. In the left pane, click Customize Ribbbon
    Customize Ribbon category
  3. On the bottom of the left window next to Keyboard Shortcuts, click the Customize button.
    Click the Customize Button
  4. In the Categories window on the left, scroll down and click Macros.
    Click Macros in the Category Window
  5. In the right pane, click the Macro whose keyboard shortcut you want to view or change. The currently assigned keyboard shortcut is displayed in the Current Keys box under the Categories box.
    Select the macro you want to modify
  6. To create a new keyboard shortcut for the macro, click in the box that reads: Press new shortcut key and then press the keys you want to use.
    Type in your shortcut key
  7. Click OK when finished.

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