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    Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    Hi all.... I just created a keyboard short cut to change the colour of selected text, assigning Alt S to the colour blue which works ok. I next tried to assign the colour red to another combination but the colour options are not shown. Does this mean that this option is restricted to just one colour? Second; As the second screen shot shows, if I type Alt S in the the "New Short cut Key" field it rightly indicates that they are already assigned to the colour blue BUT Alt S does not appear in the "Current keys" field as expected which creates a problem in that the "Remove" tab is greyed out which means it cannot be removed or amended? Thanx again.
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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    froff?

    The FontColor command does not necessarily set the text color to blue. It sets the color to whatever is currently selected in the Font Color dropdown on the Formatting toolbar. If that happens to be green, the selected text will become green, but if it happens to be orange, the selected text will become orange.

    There is no built-in single command to make text blue, or any other specific color.
    You'd have to create or record a macro for each color, and assign that to a keyboard shortcut.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    Many thanks Hans for your reply, there is one idiosyncrasy that I feel prudent to communicate to you through the post box, a sequence of events that happened when I first tried to assign a colour to a keyboard short cut but which I cannot get to repeat now....... weird to say the least. As ever thanks for enlightening me on this another feature of WORD.
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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    As a rider to my original question.....on the subject of short cuts, I just assigned Alt P as a keyboard short cut to the Pristina font which was accepted as there were no other symbols in the "Current Keys" field (fig1) but when I tried to use it having selected some text, I find the computer reacts as though I had hit the Ctrl + F2 keys. [Print Preview] Not the end of the world I know but is Alt P set as a default for this function & if so how can it be cancelled so as to free it up the for some other short cut as the Ctrl F2 alone is quite convenient for Print Preview. I hope the two screen shots verify what I have wrote. Thanx again.
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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    In the top screenshot it looks like you haven't assigned Alt+P to the Pristina font yet - the shortcut hasn't appeared in the Current Keys box. Make sure that you click Assign before closing the dialog.

    (Alt+P is not a standard keyboard shortcut for Print Preview as far as I know)

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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    Apologies Hans... Sorry if I did not make myself clear, the reason I showed the first screen shot was to show that despite the Alt P combination being unassigned to anything when I click on them the Print Preview opens, which means that I cannot assign the said keys to any other short cut. As I said, not the end of the world but I am mystified as to why Alt P should cause this reaction. In Customize Keyboard > Categories > All Commands, I scrolled through all the Commands but Alt P appeared nowhere so one would think it could be was assigned to some other. As for changing the colour of selected text with short cut keys it seems only one combination can be assigned to this function.... unless I am mistaken, great pity as shortcuts for other colours would be helpful when creating sermon / lecture notes etc.. Regards Dave.
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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    There is nothing in your screenshots that indicates that Alt+P will activate print preview.
    There is nothing in your screenshots that indicates that you actually clicked Assign after pressing Alt+P in the "Press new shortcut key" box.
    I have already explained that the FontColor command does not actually apply a specific color, but the color currently selected in the corresponding toolbar button, which could be blue today, and pink tomorrow.
    And I have also mentioned that you'd have to create macros for specific colors, and assign them to keyboard shortcuts.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    Hi Hans..... agree with all that, I don't know why Alt P brings the Print Preview to the screen but it does. On the subject of text colour the fact that nothing is shown in "Current Keys" field does not mean there are no short cuts assigned, in fact both Red & Blue are assigned with Alt R & Alt B but if the colour (bottom right) is set to "Auto" the "Current Keys" field remains blank. Downside for me not being familiar with Macros is that only the colour selected near the bottom right corner is in focus and eg Alt R does change selected text to red regardless of what the colour is set to in the tool bar. Maybe I will venture into the Macro class some day and get past this one colour option. Kind regards again Dave.
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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    Dave,

    You've taught me something new. I didn't even know that selecting Format in the list of Categories and Color in the list of Commands caused a dropdown list with colors to appear (I don't often use the Customize Keyboard dialog).
    This method lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to 16 different colors - isn't that what you wanted?

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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    Hi Hans..... I had to almost force myself to (what amounted to) disagree with your previous comments about the active colour in the tool bar being dominant over all short-cut assignments but as I had actually created and used the Alt B short-cut I tried my level best to find the right words to express my experience; bearing in mind I was communicating one who is - in my opinion- an expert. As you say Hans, no less than 16 different colours can be assigned with a keyboard short cut but [unless someone who reads or submits posts on the lounge and who specialises in "WORD"] can enlighten me further, as far as my experiments with the subject in question goes, it seems only the colour selected in the bottom right hand corner field is in focus even though one might have assigned numerous short cut colours. If anyone knows Word 2000 - inside out- & that it provides for more than one colour being in focus at the same time I sure would like to know. Sincere thanks again Hans for your instant responses, I sometimes wonder where I would be today were it not for this lounge and all it's willing helpers. Last week, because my "C" drive was getting rather full, I did a search for posts dealing with moving the My Documents folder to the "D" drive and found them too complicated so [contrary to lounge policy & not wanting to parade my ineptitude before the world] I wrote to a fellow lounger and his brief reply enabled me to perform the task without a problem. So to MVP's and ordinary readers alike, sincere thanks. Dave.
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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    <hr>I don't know why Alt P brings the Print Preview to the screen but it does.<hr>
    This may be unique to your setup. Check your top level menu bar and your visible toolbars. If there is one and only one underlined P (or lower case p) visible, Alt+P will be equivalent to clicking that control. This usually is called the control's accelerator key.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    Hi Jeff. I have checked the top level menu bar and note that under View the P in Print Layout is underlined as are, Picture under Insert; Paragraph under Format; Protect Document under Tools; WordPerfect under Help; Strange as it may seem, as the attachment shows, Alp P is said to be assigned to nothing. So it seems Alt P must remain unusable for any other short cut which is no big deal just something to put on the back burner till maybe an answer pops up from somewhere. I don't know why Alt P should act as a shortcut for Print Preview because -as I said earlier- Ctrl F2 does that however, I would still like to know if someone can answer the following brief question that I asked in my last post. If anyone knows Word 2000 - inside out- & that it provides for more than one colour being in focus at the same time I sure would like to know. Regards
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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    What do you mean by "more than one colour being in focus at the same time"?

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    Re: Keyboard shortcut (XP 2000 froff SP2)

    SORRY if I used the wrong terminology & sorry for sending more screen shots but they sometimes save a multitude of words. The latest attachment shows I have assigned three colours but only the one currently selected in the "Colour" field (bottom right of each shot) responds, to change colour one must navigate to the Customise Keyboard menu to select it. As the three shots show, only the Alt ? shortcut keys assigned to the respective colour chosen show in the "Current Keys" field unlike other shortcuts which (assigned more than one combination) show them all. Why the example shown has three I don't know as I did not assign them, must have been set by the previous owner of the computer. I hope that makes sense Hans.
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