In Microsoft Word for Mac 2011, previously Ctrl+arrow moved the cursor one word left/right. Recently, this function no longer works on my iMac. Is there a fix?

  • it's opt/arrow... always was
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 7, 2016 at 18:47
  • opt/arrow now only moves the cursor one space/character in my version of MS Word for Mac 2011. I don't understand why.
    – QWERTY
    Sep 7, 2016 at 18:48
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    Have you installed any kind of 'keyboard commander' software recently? BetterTouch, Karabiner, 3rd party mouse/keyboard drivers etc? Also specifically what machine & OS?
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 7, 2016 at 18:54
  • Have you verified that your Option button works as it should? For instance, go to the File Menu of any application. When you see the drop down, press the Option button. You should see some different options appear. Same goes for the arrow....
    – Allan
    Sep 7, 2016 at 20:45
  • Check your Keyboard Shortcuts in System Preferences to see that there has not been a key combination set that conflicts.
    – bjbk
    Sep 11, 2016 at 23:05

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According to Microsoft's keyboard site for Office 2011:

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  • Yes. I found and read that. However, as I have been saying, the Option/Arrow function no longer works on my program. Any suggestions on how to fix this?
    – QWERTY
    Sep 7, 2016 at 18:52
  • Have you try reinstalling Word?
    – fsb
    Sep 7, 2016 at 19:08

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