I use this blog to act as a repository of useful technology tips and tricks – not only for you, but for myself. If I don’t use a trick every day I tend to forget the steps and find myself straining to remember and end up wasting a bunch of time on Google looking for an answer. I managed to train myself to remember this keyboard shortcut by sticking a paper post-it to my monitor so it was literally in my face for 30 days straight. Now I don’t need to look it up.
Before I learned this trick, I needed at least five mouse clicks to reach the same result. Now right clicking on a piece of highlighted text to insert a hyperlink seems about as effective as banging two rocks together. I can only speculate that I’ve saved myself HOURS of wasted time since I learned this shortcut on July 11, 2014 via the @Office Twitter feed:
To insert a hyperlink without touching your mouse:
1. Make sure you have the URL you want to insert on your clipboard.
2. Use SHIFT + right or left arrow keys to highlight text.
3. Use CTRL + K to open the Insert Link menu.