Navigate the Ribbon Using Your Keyboard
Applies to: Office 2007
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Office 2007 provides your keyboard-savvy users with three
new navigation methods.
- Key Tips
- Arrow Keys
- Tab Key
We will showcase these new methods using Word 2007, but firsta
word about keyboard shortcuts:
While a few keyboard shortcuts have changed between previous
versions of Office and Office 2007, the shortcut commands most users are familiar
withCut (CTRL+X), Copy (CTRL+C), Undo (CTRL+Z) and Paste (CTRL+V)remain
intact in this version. (Please visit this
Word Tip for a complete list of keyboard shortcut changes.)
While in any Office 2007 application, you can display key
tips by pressing and releasing the ALT key. In our illustration below, youll
notice key tips for all native Word functionality, as well as the dynamic assignment
of key tips to 3rd party add-ins such as the Office Labs Search Commands
Ribbon and our own DocXtools.
Above, the initial result provides Key Tips to the Office Button, to items on
the Quick Access toolbar and to each Tab along the top. Pressing the letter
associated with the Tab you want to visit, cascades Key Tips to all functionality
along that Ribbon (see illustration below).
It is also possible to navigate across each Tab using the
Arrow keys. Again, press the ALT key to put focus on the Tabs. Instead of using
the Key Tips, move to the right or left using the respective arrow key. Press
the down arrow key to enter the Ribbon desired, or the up arrow key to go back
to the Tabs. In this mode, the ENTER key behaves just like a mouse click. Once
you have navigated to the proper location, use the ENTER key to select that
On a similar note the Tab Key works like the arrow keys. However
Tab will move the focus in a cycle from left to right. Tab and Arrow Keys can
be used interchangeably, as Arrow Keys help provide more range in some circumstances.
A Special Note about DocXtools
Because DocXtools uses the SDS Ribbon Designer, it is possible
to assign a specific Key Tip to our Tab. For example, you might prefer T
to the dynamically-assigned C shown above. See the DocXtools Customization
Guide for more details.
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