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    Ctrl vs. Alt in Macro

    Is there a way in Word 2000 to assign the Alt key to the Ctrl key, at least for a few keystrokes? I'd like to create some additional menus in word, but I want to trigger them with a Ctrl+Key combination instead of an Alt+Key combination.

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    Re: Ctrl vs. Alt in Macro

    You can assign them to the Ctrl-key that you want.

    Since there aren't many unassigned Ctrl key combinations, you may want to look into the two-stroke keybindings. Examples of these can be seen with the foreign-language characters. Pressing Ctrl-' seems to do nothing, but if you press e or i next, it will give you accented characters. You can set up your own like this so that you would have one keystroke that indicates "macro" and then the rest of the keyboard to trigger different macros. I guess I would start with Ctrl-M, ? to be your listing of macros in a printable userform.

    Otherwise, many keyboards will allow you to reprogram the keys and allow loading of these by macro.
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    Re: Ctrl vs. Alt in Macro

    Thanks, and I hate to be obtuse, but where exactly do I assign them? I've looked in the Keyboard portion of Customize, and don't see anything. Can you give me an example of reassigning just one key??

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    -Rich.

    P.S. Great additions to the Word legal guide on your web page. I found that a few weeks ago.

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    Re: Ctrl vs. Alt in Macro

    After you've clicked the Keyboard button on the Customize dialog box, you'll be at the keyboard customize dialog box with a list of categories on the left. Within those categories (scroll down) you'll find macros.

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    Select your macro from the list on the right.

    Click in the box under "Press new shortcut key" to activate that area and press your key combination such as Ctrl-M or Ctrl-m. Then type a second trigger key for your macro (any key other than one of the shift keys).

    If your second key is the number 1, the keystrokes will show up in the box as Ctrl-M,1. Click on the Assign button.

    You can then attach a second macro to Ctrl-M,2 and so on. As I said in my previous post, you could use Ctrl-M,? to run a macro that gives a list of your macros with their keyboard shortcuts.

    Remember that you want these keybindings to be saved in your template or global template (not in Normal.dot).

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Ctrl vs. Alt in Macro

    Thanks. I didn't realize from your original post that I'd be assigning a key to a macro. I thought maybe there was some direct way to assign Ctrl to Alt, but I happened to get a book on Word 2000 last night and the Keybindings are discussed in there, so armed with that book and your help I should be able to re-assign.

    Thx.

    -Rich.

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