Text Editor Shortcuts


These keystroke combinations apply in a number of editors (Notepad, Wordpad, Microsoft Word, Outlook, and, of course, SQL Server Management Studio)

Move cursor one character at a time (horizontally)
Tap Left or Right arrow keys
Select one character at a timeTap SHIFT+L or SHIFT+R
Move cursor one line at a time (vertically)Tap Up or Down arrow keys
Select one line at a timeTap SHIFT+U or SHIFT+D
Move cursor one word to the left/right at a timeTap CTRL+L or CTRL+R
Select one word to the left/right at a timeTap SHIFT+CTRL+L or SHIFT+CTRL+R
Move to leftmost / rightmost position in a lineTap the HOME or END key (located above the arrow keys)
Select to leftmost / rightmost position in a lineTap the SHIFT+HOME or SHIFT+END key (located above the arrow keys)
Move cursor to the very top / bottom of a documentTap the CTRL+HOME or CTRL+END key combination
Select to the very top / bottom of a documentTap the SHIFT+CTRL+HOME or SHIFT+CTRL+END key combination
Increase / Decrease font size incrementally
(not every editor supports this trick)
Apply CTRL+SHIFT+> or CTRL+SHIFT+< to selected text

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