Word: Ctrl + arrow keys not working as expected

March 24, 2020

Here’s a strange one in Word—all of a sudden I couldn’t use a Ctrl+arrow key to jump from word to word.

I thought about closing Word then trying again, which likely would’ve worked. Then I heard a very faint sound coming from my headphones on the desk next me. Word was reading aloud to me and so was jumping from word to word without me realising it! I must’ve hit some keyboard combination to start it (yes, Alt+Ctrl+Space—I’d been using Ctrl+Space and must’ve accidentally hit Alt as well).

Once I found out where to turn the Read Aloud function off (Review tab), I had full control of my keyboard again.

Hope this helps someone else.

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