Alt+Shift+up arrow or down arrow

Scott Helmers
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I recently upgraded to Word 2016 and a keyboard shortcut that I use very often seems to be missing.

In previous versions of Word, with the cursor positioned in a paragraph, Alt+Shift+up arrow would move the paragraph up one, and Alt+Shift+down arrow would do the opposite.

In Word 2016 that key sequence does nothing, and yet those keystrokes work just fine when composing or replying to a message in Outlook 2016.

Was this sequence removed from Word? Is there a way to reactivate it shorting of writing macro code?
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Haris DulicIT Architect

Commented:
Hi,

from the support page, in office 2016 to move one paragraph up or down you use CTRL + arrow up /down.

One paragraph up CTRL+UP ARROW
One paragraph down CTRL+DOWN ARROW
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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In my Word 2016, Alt Shift Up Arrow highlights the paragraph UP and Alt Shift Down Arrow highlights the paragraph DOWN so these keys seem to be working normally.

That the keys work for you in Outlook 2016 (which uses Word as its editor) is of concern.

Try doing a full Office Repair from Control Panel, restart when the repair is done and then Update Office. New Updates this weekend past.
FOXActive Directory/Exchange Engineer
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Commented:
Scott,
In word 2016 it is Control+up arrow and control+down arrow to move the paragraph.

ref link:  https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Keyboard-shortcuts-for-Microsoft-Word-2016-for-Windows-95ef89dd-7142-4b50-afb2-f762f663ceb2
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bbaoIT Consultant

Commented:
@Scott @John

i am wondering if you two are using different keyboard layout in Windows, e.g. US keyboard, or Canada keyboard?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
I use US Keyboard layout on all my machines. Not a keyboard issue.
Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Developer
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Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions. A couple of you suggested CTRL+UP/DOWN ARROW -- however, that key sequence moves the cursor up/down one paragraph but does not move the paragraph itself.

I agree with John Hurst that it is odd that the desired key sequence works in Outlook but not in Word. That's why I mentioned it -- because it is strange. I'll try an Office repair and update when I can make time this week.

Re the keyboard. I've tried with two different physical keyboards, both are US configuration. Same result with both.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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In my Word 2016 and my Outlook 2016 both (and both the same), Alt-Shift-Up / Down arrow moves the highlighting up or down by paragraph. Both Word and Outlook do the same. This key sequence does not move the paragraph.
Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Developer
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Commented:
Interesting, John.

In this 9-second video you'll see what I mean. In Outlook, you'll see 'Line 2' move below 'Line 3'. That's the result of pressing Alt+Shift+down arrow. In Word, the line doesn't move despite using the same keystrokes.

Just to be sure I'm not crazy, I fired up a virtual machine running Office 2010 and in it, the key sequence works correctly in Word. And this is from the Word 2010 keyboard shortcut list:help textI just want the same sequence to work in Word 2016!
Business Consultant (Owner)
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Office 2016 is very different from Office 2010, so it would appear the keystrokes changed function.

My Office 2016 is working properly.

Follow up note:  Sorry, Alt Shift UP / DOWN does in fact move the paragraph. It highlights it as well and I missed the move.  So it does work as you say (Word and Outlook) and I tested Word on two machines just now.

Sorry for the confusion.
Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Developer
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One last test, John, if you don't mind. The Office 2016 keyboard shortcuts article that two people linked to above says that Alt+Shift+up/down moves the selected paragraph in outline view. Can you try that? It does not behave that way for me, even in outline view.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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What happens (and why I did not see it the first time) is that the keyboard shortcut highlights (not outline) the paragraph and move the highlighted selection.
Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Developer
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Ah, so it does move the paragraph? That would suggest that Word behavior hasn't changed but that there is some local issue on my PC. I'll have to figure out what this is...
Scott HelmersVisio Consultant, Trainer, Author, and Developer
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Commented:
Thanks, John.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help. The highlighting obscured what I was looking at so sorry for my earlier confusion.

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