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Override OSX system short cuts

I am having trouble using Microsoft office products particularly the commands:
CTRL + H (to find and replace) in Word
CTRL or ALT + arrows to jump a word at a time

The problem is because they trigger 'higher level' Mac OS X commands that I'm unable to disable or find any way to turn off.
I have created a CTRL+H command in excel using the System Preferences/keyboard/shortcuts/application shortcuts. But this doesn't work for word (nothing happens - perhaps the command is not called "Replace" in word?)
I have switched off (unticked) the spaces command in the same system preferences, but this has made no difference, pressing Alt+arrows still triggers spaces. clicking it on or off in the system preferences makes no difference.
I don't know what to name a command to 'jumponewordleft' in order to add it to this preferences, but it's meant to be a built in feature of Word so should spontaneously appear if I can suppress or reduce the priority of the Mac OSX embedded shortcut.

I have no need or use for either spaces or 'minimise/close window'.
Is there any way to overcome this problem?
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Sigurdur Armannsson
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If you look into the menus in Word and Excel you will find that there are already shortcuts there ready to use. Find and Replace is Command+Shift+H. The Command key, CMD is used in most places where it would be CTRL on a pc.

Doesn't Alt+left/right arrows jump one word back or forth?

I suggest you look at Tools > Customize Keyboard in Word if you want to change or add your own keyboard shortcuts but use the System Preferences Keyboard Shortcuts rather for over-all commands, or to make shortcuts that some software can't add for you.

Hope this helps a little.
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Sorry, that doesn't help at all.
I'm quite aware of those commands, they are the commands I'm trying to use - if you read my question you will see that these native word functions are being blocked by the higher priority system keycodes I'm trying to disable.
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