How to add keyboard shortcuts for styles

Word 2016
There are several useful shortcuts that can help to change the style settings of a paragraph without the mouse. But you can add other shortcuts for your own style or any existing style in Word for Microsoft 365.

To add the shortcuts for the style, do the following:

   1.   On the Home tab, in the Styles group, select the existing style, pre-defined or your own:

Styles group in Word for Microsoft 365

   2.   Right-click in the selected style and choose Modify... in the popup menu:

Modify Style in popup Word 365

   3.   In the Modify Style dialog box, click the Format button:

Modify Style in Word 365

   4.   Choose Shortcut key... in the Format list:

Shortcut key in the Format list Word 365

   5.   In the Customize Keyboard dialog box, type shortcuts that you prefer for the selected style in the Press new shortcut key field, and then click the Assign button:

Customize Keyboard in Word 365


  1. Be careful! If you see any combination of shortcuts in the Current keys box. You will reassign it, and the previous function for this combination will no longer work.
  2. Next to the Current assigned to label, you can see the function for this combination of shortcut keys. In this example, you can see ApplyHeading1.

   6.   Click Close.

See also this tip in French: Ajouter le raccourcis clavier pour le style.

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