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Displaying Shortcut Keys in ScreenTips

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Displaying Shortcut Keys in ScreenTips.

If you find it helpful, you can make Word include shortcut keys in any ScreenTips that it displays. (ScreenTips normally appear when you position the mouse over a toolbar button. They give a short hint about what the button does.) For instance, when you position the mouse over the Bold tool (on the Formatting toolbar), the ScreenTip normally says "Bold." However, you can cause Word to instead display "Bold (Ctrl+B)."

If you would find this helpful, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Customize option from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Click on the Options tab. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Options tab of the Customize dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Show Shortcut Keys in ScreenTips option is selected.
  5. Click on Close.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (646) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Displaying Shortcut Keys in ScreenTips.

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Bilek    04 Feb 2014, 12:22
Nice to still be able to get tips for early office versions, even as old as '97. The one I use (2003) is also listed, so that concerns me as well...
However, I already knew how to do this. What I want to know is, how to display added shortcut keys on screen tips. What I mean by "added" is, when you click the "keyboard" button on the customize dialog box (the same picture in the example) a new popup appears and you can add new shortcuts or modify existing ones... My specific concern is those related to the Trados application. See web (especially translators' sites, forums) to see how it works. Anyway, it is possible to assign new shortcut keys to some functions which govern this application (through a macro called "Trados*.dot" ; *being whatever version number). For instance I used to work with a newer version of this in my former workplace, but since I turned freelance I installed v6 to my computer, and assigned "Alt+Shift+End" combination to a function which normally doesn't have a keyboard shortcut. This combination was assigned to the same function in later versions (such as 7). While it works perfectly, the shortcut does not appear in screentips. I want to know if and how I can make that happen. Possibly editing the "Trados6.dot" macro somehow, but when I view it notepad, it seems too complicated. Any ideas?
Thanks for your hard work and possible interest :)
Jomilaye    24 Aug 2013, 07:21
Does it work in the latest version too?

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