Alt+2: Go up one Folder when in file dialog box (Office)

Yesterday, I mentioned you can press the Backspace key to move up a folder when you’re working with files.

For Microsoft Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), you can do the same thing with Alt+2.

Try it!

Suppose, for example, you’re viewing top-secret plans in Word, and want to save a copy of them on your Desktop. You’d do the following:

  1. Hit F12 to get the Save As dialog box.
  2. Alt+2 several times, until the Desktop is displayed. (Normally you’d instead hit Shift+Tab, then Backspace several times.)
  3. Type the file name you want and press Enter.

2 thoughts on “Alt+2: Go up one Folder when in file dialog box (Office)”

  1. I’ll throw out that the Alt+2 doesn’t work in Vista/Office 2007,but alt-up arrow does.

    Note as well that for some keyboard shotcuts (though not alt-up arrow), it matters whether you’re in the field where you type a file name, or you’re in the directory/folder list, when you use such commands. I’d suspect the backspace especially would be such a case, where in the backspace would do what it normally does, removing previous characters in a file name, but when on the folder list it may act as above (but again, not on my Vista/Office 2007 setup).

    Hope that’s helpful to readers. Thanks as always for the keyboard shortcuts. Am a huge fan (of them and your site)..

  2. Hmm. I’m still on Office 2003, so haven’t had a chance to verify these in Office 2007. But a directory list is a directory list, so Backspace should be universal.

    You’re right about the focus mattering — hit Shift+Tab to get into the file list pane and then try Backspace. Let me know if that works, and I’ll clarify the original article.

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