Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Keyboard Menu Magic

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Keyboard Menu Magic

Here’s one for those of you who prefer the keyboard to the mouse, but don’t really know many of the “tricks of the keyboard trade”.

Have you ever noticed the underlined letter in the title of each menu at the top of your screen? (You know – the F, E, V, etc..)


Ever wonder what that was all about? I mean, there has to be a reason, right? It’s not like they’re underlined because it just looks cool.

The underlined letter is the “magic key” to using your keyboard to access the menus.

To access a menu simply hit the Alt key then the letter for the menu you’re trying to get to. (F for the File menu, E for the Edit menu, A for the Table menu, etc.) Get it?

This will open the corresponding menu.

One way to continue is to use the up and down arrows to navigate through the menu choices. (When you come to a sub-menu, hit the right arrow and the sub-menu will open where you can use the up and down arrows to navigate the sub-menu. To get out of the sub-menu simply use the left arrow.)

Another way to make your choice is to simply hit the underlined letter of your menu choice. If there’s a submenu it will open automatically.

To move from menu to menu you can use the left and right arrow keys (when you’re not on a choice with a sub-menu).

If you find what you’re looking for then hit the Enter key—this acts like a mouse click and starts whatever choice you made.

If you decide that you just simply need out of the menus completely (or found that you’ve hit the Alt key accidentally) simply hit the Esc key. Poof—you’re back on your way to creating the perfect masterpiece.

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive