Microsoft Word Desktop Shortcut

The shortcut to open Microsoft Word on a Windows desktop is to press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, then type “winword” and press Enter.

Alternatively, you can also navigate to the Microsoft Word executable file on your computer, typically located in the “Program Files” or “Program Files (x86)” folder, and create a shortcut to that file on your desktop.

Microsoft Word Desktop Shortcut

Useful Keyboard Shortcuts in Microsoft Word

Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word:

  • Ctrl + C: Copy
  • Ctrl + V: Paste
  • Ctrl + X: Cut
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo
  • Ctrl + B: Bold
  • Ctrl + I: Italic
  • Ctrl + U: Underline
  • Ctrl + A: Select all
  • Ctrl + P: Print
  • Ctrl + S: Save
  • Ctrl + F: Find
  • Ctrl + H: Replace
  • Ctrl + N: New document
  • Ctrl + O: Open document
  • Ctrl + W: Close document
  • Ctrl + Tab: Switch between open documents
  • Ctrl + Shift + >: Increase font size
  • Ctrl + Shift + <: Decrease font size
  • Ctrl + L: Left align
  • Ctrl + E: Center align
  • Ctrl + R: Right align
  • Ctrl + J: Justify
  • F7: Spell check
  • Alt + Shift + D: Insert the current date
  • Alt + Shift + T: Insert the current time

Note that some of these shortcuts may vary depending on the version of Microsoft Word you are using.

Free Way to Recover Deleted/Lost Word Documents

There are a few ways to try to recover deleted or lost Word documents for free:

  1. Check the Recycle Bin or Trash folder: If you accidentally deleted the file, it may still be in the Recycle Bin or Trash folder. Look for the file and restore it if you find it.
  2. Use a file recovery software: There are free file recovery software programs that you can download and use to scan your hard drive for deleted files. Some popular options include Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
  3. Check for backup copies: If you have a backup system in place, such as an external hard drive or a cloud-based service like OneDrive, check to see if a previous version of the document is still available.
  4. Check for auto-save copies: Microsoft Word has an auto-save feature that automatically saves a copy of your document at regular intervals. Look for a file with the same name as your original document followed by the words “AutoRecover” in the same folder.

Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will be able to recover a deleted or lost file, and the chances of recovery decrease the longer the file has been deleted.