Quickly Move a Paragraph in Word (Without Using the Mouse)

Last Updated Feb 4, 2010 10:44 PM EST

I frequently find that I need to rearrange paragraphs in a document that I have written. Often it's as simple as wanting to move a paragraph (or a "graf," in writer lingo) up or down a little, swapping positions with the neighboring paragraph.

Sure, it's easy to do by selecting the text with the mouse and dragging it where it needs to go, but what if you don't like taking your hands off the keyboard? I've got a cool, so-little-known-that-it's-almost-secret keyboard shortcut that lets you rearrange paragraphs instantly.


Here's all you need to do:
  1. Put the cursor anywhere in the desired paragraph.
  2. Press Alt+Shift+Up or Alt+Shift+Down to move the paragraph up or down the page one paragraph at a time.
Do you have a favorite keyboard shortcut? Something a bit less common than Ctrl+C? Share your secret in the comments.

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