PowerPoint 2004: Keyboard shortcuts for navigating/selecting text

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
October 7th, 2004 • 4:41 am

It’s maddening.

As I reported recently, in Office 2004, Microsoft changed the default keyboard shortcuts for navigating/selecting text in Word 2004. For example, in order to select text word by word, instead of using command-shift-Left/Right, you must now use option-shift-Left/Right, which is consistent with text selection in other Mac OS X applications.

Why is it, then, that the same changes were not made in PowerPoint 2004 for selecting text? In PowerPoint 2004, if you use option-shift-Left/Right, you end up changing the indent level of the current paragraph!

What happened to consistency across all Office applications? How is the user supposed to be able to develop proper habits when there is such inconsistency across applications, even when the applications are from the same vendor and belong to the same suite of office tools?

Grrr. And of course, the fact that, unlike Word and Excel, PowerPoint doesn’t let you customize keyboard shortcuts doesn’t help!

Grrr grrr grrr!

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