Repeat this - the F4 key is your friend

If you work with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) there’s a keyboard shortcut that can be very useful, especially if you want to repeat what you’ve just done. It’s the F4 key.

I’ve been working in Excel quite a lot recently and needing to insert multiple rows. The quick way to do this is insert a row and then press the F4 key as many times as you need. (If you know a faster way, add a comment or email me.)

You want to draw 5 identical size boxes - draw one then press F4 four times. You add some text to one of those boxes and want to add the same text to another - select the other box and press F4. You want to change the text from Times New Roman to Verdana - do it one, select the text in the other box and press F4.

Seems that most people have become very dependent upon their mice these days - pointing and clicking and right clicking. Don’t forget keyboard shortcuts, they are often much faster.

One Response to “Repeat this - the F4 key is your friend”

  1. Dave Says:

    Thanks, Mike, that’s a useful tip. Certainly in in line with the No WOMBATS thinking that you promote.

    There is a list Tech Republic list (mailed to you separately) with a large number of shorcuts for Word. Hope that is useful to you.

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