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Fix: Keyboard shortcuts Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-Z, Ctrl-A not working in Word

For some time now, I was getting very annoyed while copy-pasting content from other software into Microsoft Word 2010. I would press CTRL+C at some other software and then would press ALT+TAB to go into an open Word document and press CTRL+V to paste, but it would not. So I had to move my fingers far away to SHIFT+INSERT to paste.

Today had enough so after some Google search on it, found the best fix by Moshe Eschel at:


To "restore" word to the way you remember, you need to go to, File->Options->Customize Ribbon On the bottom there is a label "Keyboard Shortcuts" and a button "Customize…" – click it

On the Categories box, scroll until you find "All Commands" and select it. Now, from the right box select the following Command: EditCopy Look at the "Current Keys" Box you will see "Ctrl+Insert" which is the NEW mapping now put your cursor in the "Press new shortcut key" and Press Ctrl+C, a button on the bottom named Assign will light up, and you click on it.

Do the same for all the shortcuts you like, such as EditPaste, EditUndo, EditRedo, EditCut, SelectAll etc.

Wonder why Microsoft didn’t add both the old and new shortcuts there, since it seems the dialog does support it. What a huge oversight, having Microsoft Word try to impose a shortcut from Macs (as it seems) to longtime Windows users (especially when other software the user works with use other set of shortcuts for copy-paste).

Moreover, the option to reassign the shortcut keys was very deeply hidden, hard for the average user to find it by themselves (couldn’t find it either and I don’t consider myself an average user).

Even more pathetic was the default shortcut key for Select All (usually Ctrl+A). It was Ctrl+5 and Ctrl+Clear (Numeric keyboard 5). What the heck Microsoft?

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  1. Suzu
    2016/05/15 at 21:02

    This is the first solution among so so many that actually helped me to fix this annoying problem!!! Thank You!!!

  2. Swathi
    2016/05/19 at 13:21

    File,menu options is not their in word.

    • 2016/07/30 at 15:10

      In some Office versions, there is a round button at the top-left. Press that and at the bottom-right of the dropdown menu shown, there is the Options button

  3. S,R. Kamalacharan
    2016/11/13 at 09:35

    Thank you for your solution. It was the best and quickest solution for this issue, I suddenly started facing in the last couple of weeks.

  4. Mordechai Susskind
    2017/02/08 at 21:20

    Thank you so much! It was a great help !!!

  5. Amr
    2017/03/06 at 23:02

    Thank you very. Very very much

  6. Γιώργος Ζέρβας
    2017/04/05 at 23:53

    Thank you it was so helpful !!!

  7. Sache
    2017/04/22 at 15:59

    I am soooooooooo grateful for this! I have been fiddling around for months, thinking I had a virus or had gone crazy in the Twilight Zone—-nothing worked! I am not particularly computer literate—it’s just a tool. Like driving a car without comprehending how the gas gets to the motor to make it run—it just does!, Your help is greatly appreciated! Now I can get back to my writing.

  8. geo
    2017/05/08 at 13:52

    Thanks very much.
    How stupid is microsoft!!!

  9. Rosen Kotsev
    2017/05/30 at 08:47

    Thank you very much!!! It was a great help!!!

  10. grosser schwanz
    2017/06/02 at 04:26

    Startup layout was not English-US. As switched to English, Word’s sortcuts are back

  11. Telmen
    2017/06/22 at 13:13

    thank you so much today i search this then i’ve got it

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