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Shortcuts not working for Left & Right Indent in Excel

Posted on 2011-09-03
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Hello,

When the commands for Left & Right Indent are included in the Excel QAT, mousing over them displays the shortcuts to be:

          Ctrl+Alt+Tab and
          Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Tab

respectively (see figures).
 1 2On my computer, these shortcuts do not work -- which was the case when I was using Excel 2007 and persists after recently upgrading to Excel 2010.  I'm curious to know if those shortcuts work for others in which case I will need to investigate my own system.  

On the other hand, if everyone has the same situation, I'm curious to know why and also, if MS or anyone else has created a different shortcut key sequence that does work.

BTW, my modifier keys (Ctrl, Alt, etc.) seem to work fine as do all other QAT command shortcuts.

Thanks
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by:Brian Gee
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You're right about the functionality not working as expected with the reason being that Windows 7 uses these keys for window switching (which remains on screen even after key depress). These same key combos in Excel work as expected in Windows XP, however.
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 125 total points
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>> Windows 7 uses these keys for window switching
>>  These same key combos in Excel work as expected in Windows XP

Don't you just LOVE Microsoft?

Now keyboard shortcuts also need to take into consideration which version of the valued OS one is using??? Nice one, Microsoft. Again!!
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by:Rob Henson
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With Windows XP and Excel 03 - "Ctrl + Alt + Tab" increases the Indent, with Shift decreases Indent.

Just "Alt + Tab" does the Window switching, including Shift just reverses the order. This has been the case since don't know when. Why would MS change this, do they want to lose sales???

Cheers
Rob H

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by:Mohammed Rahman
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Why?
Windows 7 and Excel 2010 share the same shortcuts keys for different functions and Windows 7 is getting the first prefrence :(

Alternative :)  (Create OWN custom shortkeys)

Refer he attached file.
 excel-custom-keyboard-shortcuts.docx

I hope this will be of help.
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by:Steve_Brady
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MS has given us such an enormous amount of life-enhancing technology that I, for one, am incapable of quantifying it.  Just about everything I do each day is easier, quicker, and overall just plain better!  I suppose when a contribution like that has been made, we can overlook a hiccup here and there.

Thanks for the responses.
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