Word for Windows commands, and their descriptions, default shortcuts and menu
Article contributed by Dave Rado
Word has a built-in command ListCommands, which produces a table of all
the Word commands with their current key and menu assignments. However, it does
not list the commands using their actual names; nor does it include
descriptions of what the commands actually do.
Various sites on the web list the default
shortcuts, but again, most don't list the commands using their correct names;
most don't list those commands which are not assigned to a shortcut by
which you might well want to assign to one, or to assign to a menu; or which you might want to
intercept using a macro; and
some don't list full descriptions of what the commands do.
WordCommands.zip (50k) extracts to an Excel file, WordCommands.xls,
which contains a list of all interceptable Word commands (Word 97 and
above), using their correct English names; and with various filters
applied to the spreadsheet so that you can easily switch between viewing
all commands; or only those assigned to a shortcut by default; or only
those assigned to either a shortcut or a menu by default (select View +
Custom Views, then select a view from the list).
If you don't have access to Excel, WordCmndsPDF.zip
(136k) contains 3 PDF files, one for each of the
Each command is listed with a description of what it does; in many
cases a much fuller description than that which Word itself displays when
you scroll through the commands (by selecting Tools + Macros + Macros, and
selecting Word commands under Macros in).
The hyperlinks at the top right of the sheet are to help you with navigation.
If you just want to know about the most useful shortcuts, and why they are so
useful, see Some of the most useful Word shortcuts
If you want to assign some of the unassigned commands to a menu or shortcut,
How to assign a Word command or macro to a hot-key
How to assign a Word command or macro to a toolbar or menu
If you want to create a macro to intercept one of the commands, see:
Intercepting events like Save and Print
If you want to find out which command Word executes when selecting a command in a toolbar or in the Ribbon so you can assign it to a hot-key, see How to find out which command Word executes