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    Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Jon_Rick on 26-Feb-06 13:08. )</P>According to every Web site I've found, removing items from Word's Work menu is simple:

    Press CTRL + ALT + - (the dash key), at which point the cursor will change into an oversized bold underscore, with which one can click the item(s) to be removed.

    Unfortunately, for me, pressing CTRL + ALT + - doesn't bring up the underscore but inserts a hyphen.

    What's wrong? Thanks!

    Postscript: I suspect that my normal.dot contains something that connects CTRL + ALT + - with the insertion of a dash. Unfortunately, I can't find (Tools | Customize | Commands) which command is associated with inserting a dash...

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    Try Tools > Options > Toolbars > Keyboard...
    Put the cursor in the textbox under the label press new shortcut key:
    Type CTRL + ALT + -
    If this shortcut is in use then the label Currently assigned to will appear, it should have the text ToolsCustomizeRemoveMenuShortcut next to it, what do you see?

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    You are using the wrong dash key. The minus symbol on the numeric keypad on an extended keyboard gives the behaviour you describe. Try the dash next to the zero key on the main part of the keyboard.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    I'm using a laptop, and the only dash is on the key next to (on the right of) the 0 key.

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Jon_Rick on 26-Feb-06 16:23. )</P>Thanks. It's assigned to the Em Dash, but I don't see anything that says "Remove Menu Shortcut"...
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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    That's very strange.

    When I use a proper keyboard I get the behaviour I described using Control+Alt+- with the - key ot the right of the 0 key. If I use with the - key on my keypad then I get the same Em dash as you.

    On my laptop. When I use Control-Alt with the key to the right of the 0 key, it behaves exactly like the key to the right of the 0 on my normal keyboard, not like the - key on the keypad. Does your laptop have some kind of key remapping that it does with a function key?

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    Hi Stuart,

    I have an IBM ThinkPad T40; here's a picture of the keyboard.

    Nonetheless, don't you suspect that the problem is that Control + Alt + - is already assigned to the em dash?? Can you tell me how to unassign that combination, so I can at least eliminate this as a possibility?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    Activate the Customize Keyboard dialog.
    Select General Symbols in the list of Categories on the left.
    Select Em-dash in the list of symbols on the right.
    Alt+Ctrl+- should appear in the list of current keys (See note below)
    Select this assignment, then click Remove.

    Note: on my system, the default assignment for em-dash is Alt+Ctrl+Num -

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    That did the trick!

    It seems my keyboard is missing the Num - button.

    Thanks Hans.

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    Re: Removing Items from the Work Menu (2002 SP3)

    Looking at your keyboard image, you probably do have a Num - button. To test this, try a combination of NumLock (up the top in tiny writing) and then the ; key.

    The NumLock key is supposed to magically convert the keys such as JKL into a numeric keypad so that numbers appear instead of letters. The ; key has the same sort of notation which implies that it behaves as the Num - if you have turned the numeric keypad on first.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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