Keyboard shortcuts for WordPerfect’s CUA (Windows) keyboard — Part I

October 1, 2009 at 10:07 am

As I’ve remarked in prior posts, when I work in WordPerfect (which I do on a daily basis), I use its time-honored DOS-compatible keyboard. It’s an oldie but a goodie, so ingrained by now that it allows my fingers to operate on auto-pilot. I am somewhat less familiar with the standard Windows (aka CUA, or Common User Access) keystrokes. I’ve memorized a few of them, but when forced to use the Windows keyboard, I invariably stumble. I’m always straining to remember: When do you use F7 and when do you use Ctrl Shift F7?

So I’m going to post several short lists of WordPerfect’s Windows / CUA keyboard shortcuts here, starting today. I will try to present them in a manner that involves a certain logic (such as grouping keystrokes that are used for navigation), but the order in which I offer them has no particular rhyme or reason.

The ones I have the most trouble with are those involving F7. Here they are:

Shift F7 – Center (Hard Center on Margin; note that this is not the same as Center Justification)

F7 – Indent (Left margin only)

Ctrl Shift F7 – Double Indent (Indent Left / Right)

Ctrl F7 – Hanging Indent (first line of the paragraph is “outdented”)

Alt F7 – Flush Right

Alt Shift F7 – Decimal Tab

As I review my lists of CUA keyboard shortcuts, I see a few intriguing ones that wouldn’t have occurred to me. I’ll post a few of those, as well as some of the more common ones, soon.

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