Comment and share: Five keyboard shortcuts for inserting arrows into a Word document By Susan Harkins Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions.

Alternatively referred to as cursor keys, direction keys, and navigation keys, the arrow keys are usually located in between the standard section and the numeric pad on computer keyboards. It is made up of four keys: the left arrow (back arrow), up arrow, down arrow, and the right arrow (forward arrow). The picture is an example of what the arrow keys may look like on your keyboard.


Some keyboards, such as the Microsoft Natural Keyboard, may arrange these keys differently.

Overview of a keyboard

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In the picture below, the Saitek Gamers' keyboard shows where the arrow keys can be found. Also, the numeric keypad can function as arrow keys when Num Lock is turned off.

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Where are my arrow keys?

The arrow keys are found between your keyboard and your keypad as shown in the picture above. For smaller keyboards and many laptop keyboards, the arrow keys may be moved below the Enter and the right Shift key. Also, some compact keyboards may move the arrow keys to the keypad and switch between the keypad and arrow keys by pressing the num lock key.

How are arrow keys used?

Below is a list of the most common reasons why someone may use the arrow keys on their keyboard.

  1. Move the text cursor on the screen to insert or remove text.
  2. Move from one cell to another cell in a spreadsheet. Using the right and left arrow keys moves between columns and up and down moves between rows.
  3. Use in combination with other keys for shortcut keys. For example, pressing the Alt key and the left arrow key in all browsers takes you back one page.
  4. Move a character in a computer game.
  5. Select text. For example, holding down the Shift key and pressing the arrow key in the direction you want to highlight text.
  6. Move the mouse pointer using the keyboard instead of the mouse.
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  • Function and arrow key shortcuts

Table 2: Function key shortcuts

Shortcut Keys Effect
F1 Displays the OOo help browser. When the help browser is already open F1 jumps to the main help page.
Shift+F1 Displays context help.
Ctrl+F1 Displays the note that is attached to the current cell.
F2 Switches to Edit mode and places the cursor at the end of the contents of the current cell. If the cursor is in an input box in a dialog that has a minimize button, the dialog is hidden and the input box remains visible. Press F2 again to show the whole dialog.
Ctrl+F2 Opens the Function Wizard.
Shift+Ctrl+F2 Moves the cursor to the input line where you can enter a formula for the current cell.
Ctrl+F3 Opens the Define Names dialog.
F4 Shows or hides the Database Sources menu.
Shift+F4 Rearranges the relative or absolute references (for example, A1, $A$1, $A1, A$1) in the input field.
F5 Shows or hides the Navigator.
Shift+F5 Traces dependents.
Shift+Ctrl+F5 Moves the cursor to the Name box.
F7 Checks spelling in the current sheet.
Ctrl+F7 Opens the Thesaurus if the current cell contains text.
Shift+F7 Traces precedents.
F8 Turns additional selection mode on or off. In this mode, you can use the arrow keys to extend the selection. You can also click in another cell to extend the selection.
Ctrl+F8 Highlights cells containing numeric values (not text).
F9 Recalculates all of the formulas in the sheet.
Ctrl+F9 Updates the selected chart.
F11 Opens the Styles and Formatting window where you can apply a formatting style to the contents of the cell or to the current sheet.
Shift+F11 Creates a document template.
Shift+Ctrl+F11 Updates the templates.
F12 Groups the selected data range.
Ctrl+F12 Ungroups the selected data range.

Table 3: Arrow key shortcuts

Shortcut Keys Effect
Alt+Down Arrow Increases the height of current row.
Alt+Up Arrow Decreases the height of current row.
Alt+Right Arrow Increases the width of the current column.
Alt+Left Arrow Decreases the width of the current column.
Alt+Shift+Arrow Key Optimizes the column width or row height based on the current cell.

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