Tip of the week # 566
10 March 2019

Quickly jump between the beginning and end of a document or email (Microsoft Office) *

What I often hear from my course participants is that they came away with new tricks, tips and shortcuts that they never might have found on their own. That's why I started publishing weekly tips back in 2003 (no, that isn't a typo) and a shortcut of the week in 2013.

The other day I realised I never published the keyboard shortcut to quickly jump between the beginning and end of your document, which can be really useful in big Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. I also use it when I want to start reading at the end of a long "backwards and forwards email conversation". Oh, and I know the subject line reads "Microsoft Office", but it also works in PDF files and in most browsers.

Here's how:

  1. Press CTRL + HOME to jump to the beginning.
  2. Press CTRL + END to jump to the end.

For those of who use a Mac and cannot spot a Home or End key ... press the Function key and the left arrow key to jump to the top of a page, and Function and right arrow to jump to the end of a page. (With thanks to Erin for the inspiration!)

Keyboard shortcuts may sometimes be unintuitive or hard to remember, but remember I drip-feed a new shortcut on my home page weekly. If you are unsure about any of the shortcuts, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.