Even before I started using Microsoft Word as my everyday tool for writing, I got used to CTRL+O keyboard shortcut for opening a document. After Word 2010 (I think) this shortcut was gone and I was left with long and tedious clicking through menus to get to the File open dialog box.
I know that it really took me a long time but I finally got to it and here is a cookbook recipe to make CTRL+O behave as it used to traditionally.
- Click “File” menu of the ribbon
- Click “Options”. You’ll get Options dialog box.
- Click “Customize ribbon” (on the left)
- Click “Customize” button (at the bottom). You’ll get Customize Keyboard dialog box. (Please notice “Reset All” button at the bottom – you don’t need it now, but if everything goes wrong and you want to return to the factory settings, that’s the button to click)
- Click “File Tab” in the Categories list (top left) – it should be already selected but just in case…
- Click “File Open” in the Commands list (top right)
- Click in the box under Press new shortcut key
- Press CTRL+O (hold CTRL and press O once; O like Oregon not like zero). New keyboard shortcut should appear in the Current Keys list.
- Click “Assign” button (bottom left)
- Click “Close” button (bottom right)
- Click “OK” button (bottom right) to close the last dialog box