by Kendall Callas
WordPerfect for Windows always works this way, but in WordPerfect for DOS you must turn it on. In DOS 6.x versions, use Screen/Ctrl+F3, Setup/Shift+F1, 1-Screen Options, and 2-Alt Key Activates Menus. In DOS version 5.1/5.1+, use Setup/Shift+F1, 2/Display, 4/Menu Options, and 4-Alt Key Selects Pull-Down Menu.
These keystrokes work in all Windows applications. By menu or button, mouse or keyboard, whichever way you prefer to cut and paste, it's a fast simple way to move text within a document, between documents, and even between programs! Four simple steps: select the text, choose copy or cut, open or switch to another program, then paste it there.
In WordPerfect for Windows, cut and paste also transfers the attributes of the text, that is, font size and style, bold, italics, underline, etc. Sometimes you want plain text, stripped of its attributes. To "paste simple", use Ctrl+Shift+V.
(Within WordPerfect for DOS 6.0 and later versions, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+X, and Ctrl+V work, but even if you are running under Windows you can't paste text into another program.)
these 2 keys,
|®||r o||Reg. Trademark|
|NA||s m||Service mark|
|½||/ 2||One half|
|¼||/ 4||One quarter|
|-||- -||Em dash|
|£||L -||Pound sterling|
If you use WordPerfect for DOS 6.x, you'll see more symbols if you first switch to View, Graphics Mode or Ctrl+F3.
(* In WordPerfect for DOS 5.0/5.1/5.1+, use Ctrl+V instead of Ctrl+W.)
In WordPerfect for Windows, go to the File Open screen, click in the list of files to place your focus there, then type the first letter or two of a filename, and the pointer will zip down to the first filename that matches. A one second pause will reset name search.
In WordPerfect for DOS, when viewing the List Files/F5 screen, tap the letter "N" to start name search, then begin typing. (Tap ENTER or press an arrow key to terminate name search.) Another example is to select a style: use Styles/Alt+F8, press the letter "N", then type a letter or two to speed down the list.
(Works in all versions of WordPerfect for Windows, and in WordPerfect for DOS 6.0 and later.)
In WordPerfect for Windows 7 or 8, use the keystroke Ctrl+Q to jump to the QuickMark. To enable this feature in WordPerfect 7, use Edit, Preferences, Environment, and select (at bottom center) "Set QuickMark on save". In WordPerfect 8, use Tools, Bookmark, then select "Set QuickMark on file save" at bottom. WordPerfect 8 takes this feature an extra step -- try out "Go to QuickMark on file open" to automatically move the cursor to where you left off each time you re-open a document.
In WordPerfect for DOS 6.0 and later, move the cursor to the QuickMark with Shift+F12, ENTER. To enable this feature, use Shift+F12 (or Edit, Bookmark), and select "Set QuickMark in Document on Save".
In WordPerfect for DOS 5.x/6.x, find this under Setup/Shift+F1, 3/Environment, 1/Backup Options, Original Document Backup. In WordPerfect for Windows 8.0, use Tools, Settings (in versions 7.0 and 6.x use Edit, Preferences), then select File, and Original Document Backup.
Choose between Filename or Path and Filename (path refers to the drive letter and the entire route of directories one must go through to find a file.) The code placed into your text at the cursor position will display the current filename; if the file is renamed or copied, the code will update to show the new name.
If you like the idea of printing an "ID" on your documents, check out the macro that ships with WordPerfect for Windows (6.0 and later) called FILESTMP, which creates a filename stamp in a header or footer.
Make sure your cursor is above the text you'll need this for, then use this command: In WordPerfect for Windows 8, go to the Font menu to select Underline, Text and Tabs; in 6.x and 7.0 versions, use the Font menu to select Tabs in the "Underline Options" section; in 5.x versions, use Layout, Typesetting, to select Underline Tabs. In WordPerfect for DOS 6.x, use Font/Ctrl+F8, 6/Underline, 2/Tabs; in 5.x, use Format/Shift+F8, 4/Other, 7/Underline, Tabs.
Once the code for underlining tabs is placed in the document, text below it can use TAB or flush right with the underline feature. You can quickly draw horizontal lines by turning on underline (Ctrl+U or, in WordPerfect for DOS 5.x, F8) and pressing the TAB key. To stretch lines to the right margin, turn on underline then select flush right (Alt+F6 in DOS, Alt+F7 in Windows). Turn off underline after drawing the line.
In WordPerfect for Windows, the WYSIWYG display and small fonts make this feature especially valuable. In WordPerfect for Windows 6.0 and later, you may use View, Show ¶ to temporarily display the symbols in just the current document.
To set symbols to display permanently, in WordPerfect 8.0, use Tools, Settings (in versions 7.0 and 6.x use Edit, Preferences), then select Display, and click the Symbols tab (in 6.x click Show ¶). This allows you to control the display of symbols representing a variety of keystrokes (Space, Hard return/ENTER, Tab, Indent, Center, Advance, etc.). You may not change the symbols which are displayed, only the features which are represented. Make sure to select "Show symbols on new and current document."
In WordPerfect for DOS 6.x, use Screen/Ctrl+F3, Setup/Shift+F1 (or, by menu, View, Screen Setup), then select 2/Display Characters to enter the symbols to represent the ENTER and space bar keys. (To insert a paragraph symbol (¶), hold down the Alt key and use the numeric keypad to type the number 20.)
In WordPerfect for DOS 5.x, you may only specify the symbol used to represent the ENTER key. In version 5.1/5.1+, use Setup/Shift+F1, 2/Display, 6/Edit-Screen Options, 4/Hard Return Display Character; in 5.0, use Setup/Shift+F1, 3/Display, 6/Hard Return Display Character.
You can add your own abbreviations to QuickCorrect, such as for your name or company name. In WordPerfect for Windows 6.0 and later, select Tools, QuickCorrect to see the table of replacements. Your cursor should be blinking in an empty field under "Replace:"; type in an abbreviation such as "ibm". Then press TAB or click to move your cursor to the field under "With:" and type in "International Business Machines". (Do not type the quote marks.) Press ENTER or click Add entry to finish, then click OK.
In WordPerfect for DOS version 6.1 and later, find QuickCorrect under Alt+F1 (or Tools, Writing Tools), then choose QuickCorrect. To add abbreviations, select "Replacement Word List/F5," Add entry, and follow the prompts to add a word and its replacement.
Now, type the abbreviation onto your document screen. As soon as you type "ibm" and press space bar or ENTER, it will be replaced by "International Business Machines". (Spell check will also trigger replacement after the fact.)
If you might sometimes want to use the abbreviation itself in the text of your document, then you can avoid difficulties by using an altered form of the abbreviation; for example, begin it with a slash (or other symbol), such as /ibm in the "Replace:" field.
The feature is smart; type the abbreviation into your text in upper case to get the full phrase typed out all in caps!
There are several other sophisticated options that you may wish to take advantage of or turn off. You'll see them all on the QuickCorrect screen in WordPerfect for DOS. To find them in WordPerfect for Windows 8, you'll need to click the tab marked Format-As-You-Go; in version 6.1 or 7.0, select Options.
Ctrl+HOME (Beginning of document) | HOME (Beginning of line) < > END (End of the line) | Ctrl+END (End of document)
Vertical movements are best for selecting lines or paragraphs, such as Shift+Down arrow repeatedly to select an address block. Once you've selected, tap DELete or Backspace to erase, Ctrl+C to copy, or type new text to replace what's highlighted.
Save clicks by pointing into the left margin.
Some very convenient functions were added in WordPerfect for Windows version 6.0 and later:
... and for easy justification:
Automatic paragraph numbering starts when you begin a new line with a number, a period, then the TAB key. Type a little bit, then press ENTER and you'll get the next number. Instead of numbers, you may use roman numerals, upper or lower case (such as I.<Tab>), or begin with a letter for a lettered list, upper or lower case (such as A.<Tab>).
To begin your paragraphs with bullets instead of numbers, begin a new line with a symbol, then the TAB key. For example, asterisk + <Tab> for a small round bullet (•); upper case letter "O" + <Tab> for a large round bullet; or a plus sign + <Tab> for a star.
(To turn QuickBullets on or off, find it in the options under Tools, QuickCorrect.)
Solution: Just move the extension to the beginning of the filename; if you begin filenames with a code for the document type (LTR, FAX, MMO, ENV, etc.) you'll still be able to list sets of files, such as LTR*, at the File Open screen.
You'll learn a lot by watching the flow of questions and answers. Join the fun if you have specific questions.
If you want a function key template, though, don't call Corel; they no longer produce them. You can purchase durable plastic 4-color templates from two mail-order sources:
A free template can be had from the Internet. Print your own by pointing your web browser to
to get the file KBTEMPLT.EXE. Run this program to uncompress the template document.
(In WordPerfect 5.0, only the top five listed work.)
To scroll through the document screen by screen, seeing every line, use the plus/minus keys (+/-) on the numeric keypad. (First, make sure Num Lock is off.)
You can define up to ten Alt+# keystrokes this way: Block (highlight) the text, then use Ctrl+PgUp to assign it to a number variable. For example, use Block/Alt+F4 to highlight a name, address block, phone number, or sentence, then press Ctrl+PgUp. (In 6.x versions, at this point, select 1/Assign Variable). At the "Variable:" prompt, type a 1-digit number, such as 3. Now, use Alt+# (Alt+3 in this example) to insert the text at the cursor position -- as many times as you like, at any edit screen.
Only text may be assigned (TAB and ENTER are okay), no formatting (any codes are lost). Variables may store no more than 1024 characters in WordPerfect for DOS 6.x (only 128 characters in 5.x versions).
Variables are temporary; they only last until you exit WordPerfect, then they evaporate. However, a simple macro (a set of ASSIGN statements) can easily redefine them for you (and be set to run automatically each time you start WordPerfect with the /M startup switch). This technique offers a handy method for remembering complicated names, phone numbers, addresses, and file or directory names.
In WordPerfect for DOS 5.x/6.x, find this under Setup/Shift+F1, 3/Environment, 1/Backup Options, 1/Timed Document Backup. In WordPerfect for Windows 8.0, use Tools, Settings (in versions 7.0 and 6.x use Edit, Preferences), then select Files, and "Timed document backup every ... minutes."
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