Microsoft Office

Shortcuts for marking CAT practical assessments

I find the following shortcuts invaluable when marking practical assessment files (Word documents, Excel workbooks, etc.). I also teach my Learners these shortcuts as I believe it gives them a huge advantage.

Microsoft Word

This shortcut displays the “Reveal Formatting” panel.

ALT + ←
When you test a hyperlink that has its target in the same document by CTRL-clicking it, remember to ALT + ← (left-arrow key) to return to the hyperlink itself.

ALT + F9
This keystroke combination will toggle the Field Codes of any fields (Table of Contents etc) in the document.

This is the shortcut for Go To (part of the Find and Replace dialogue window). It is useful for confirming the existence and location of Bookmarks.

This will activate search in the Navigation pane. Use it to search for spacing errors – type to spaces in the search box and it should return no results – this confirms there are no double-spacing errors. I always search for: spaces before full-stops, commas, exclamation marks and questions marks.

Microsoft Excel

CTRL + ~
The CTRL + ~ (tilde) combination displays the actual contents of the cell (as displayed in the Formula Bar) in the cell in which it exists itself.

I also make extensive use of Macros and VBA. Here is a VBA primer if you are interested in learning this skill.

By foxbeefly

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