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    Cursor change (Purpose?) (2000/SP-3)

    I have discovered that the key combination of Ctrl Alt - causes the cursor to change from an 'I beam' to a bold horizontal bar. This reverts to an 'I beam' if I hit the Esc key. At first I thought that this was solely to make the cursor more noticeable, however when in this configuration and I click on the 'Show All' button I get the following message;
    <hr>Word cannot find designated menu.<hr>
    Clicking OK on the message results in the cursor reverting ti an 'I beam'.

    Can anyone shed some insight into the purpose of the cursor being shown as a bold horizontal bar?

    T.I.A.
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    Don

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    Re: Cursor change (Purpose?) (2000/SP-3)

    Ctrl+Alt+= inserts the next toolbar button you click to the appropriate menu.

    Ctrl+Alt+- removes the next menu option you click from the menu.

    Ctrl+Alt++ opens the Keyboard dialog for the next toolbar button you click.

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    Re: Cursor change (Purpose?) (2000/SP-3)

    Thank you Hans
    I have now been able to demonstrate the last two examples you so kindly provided; but have been unsuccessful in doing so with the Ctrl+Alt+=
    Can you provide a pointer to further explanation?

    Thanks again.
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    Re: Cursor change (Purpose?) (2000/SP-3)

    Press Ctrl+Alt+=
    The mouse pointer changes to a fat + sign.
    Click on the B (bold) button on the Formatting toolbar.
    Now look at the Format menu: it will (or should) have a new item Bold.

    Note: if you click a toolbar button whose equivalent is already present in the menu, you'll just activate the button. So if you press Ctrl+Alt+= then click the Open button on the Standard toolbar, the Open dialog will be displayed, since Open is already an item in the File menu.

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    Re: Cursor change (Purpose?) (2000/SP-3)

    Thank you Hans
    Your patience is surpassed only by my lack of attention to detail.
    Regards
    Don

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