KWord Options


This section of the documentation will show you how to configure KWord to suit your personal work style and preferences.

KWord can be modified in three separate ways:

1. Configure shortcuts
2. Configure toolbars
3. Miscellaneous options

Configure Key Bindings (keyboard shortcuts)

To configure the keyboard shortcuts select Settings->Configure Shortcuts... from the menubar.

This will bring up a dialog box.

Kword optkb.png

To edit the shortcuts, the first thing you need to do is find the action you want to edit. All of the possible actions are listed in the combo box labeled Action. By using the scrollbar, locate the action you are interested in and click once with the left mouse button.

Once you have selected the action, you can turn your attention to the bottom half of the dialog box. You use the bottom half of the dialog box to change the shortcuts.


By selecting this option, the currently selected action will not have any keyboard shortcut.


By selecting this option, the currently selected action will use the default shortcut. Once this option is clicked, the default keyboard shortcut is listed below.


By selecting this option, you can choose any keyboard combination as a shortcut for this action.

Defining custom keyboard shortcuts

You determine the key combination by clicking on the button with the current keyboard combination in it. A second dialog will appear:

Kword optkb2.png

This dialog box allows you to determine two different key combinations which will trigger the desired action: Primary shortcut: and Alternate shortcut:.

Defining simple keyboard shortcuts

Begin by deciding if you want to specify the Primary shortcut: or Alternate shortcut: , by placing a mark in the appropriate radiobutton.

The Clearright.png button will clear the current keyboard shortcut.

Now type the keyboard shortcut into the keyboard. KWord will use this keyboard combination as the new keyboard shortcut. The window will close automatically.

Once you have completed your entries, simply click on OK to accept the changes or Cancel to cancel your changes.

Defining multi-key keyboard shortcuts

Multi-key keyboard shortcuts can be used when you run out of simple keyboard shortcuts.

Multi-key shortcuts are edited the same as simple keyboard shortcuts, except a mark is placed in the check box labeled Multi-key mode prior to entering the keyboard shortcut.

You can now enter multiple keyboard characters for the keyboard shortcut.

Im-status-message-edit.png Note
It is important to understand that keyboard combinations (i.e.: Alt+Shift+P) are still a single character because all the keys are depressed at the same time.
An example of a multi-key combination would be if you press Alt+X, release both characters then type a W. This is a multi-key combination.

Once you have completed your entries, simply click on OK to accept the changes or Cancel to cancel your changes.

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