- Ctrl+backspace – will delete one entire word to the left of the cursor
- Ctrl+delete – will delete one entire word to the right of the cursor
Sometimes when editing, you may separate the cursor from the playback highlighter after the word you wish to delete. In this case, it will be more efficient for you to place your cursor at the end of the word and use ctrl+backspace to delete the word. Other times, you may be able to navigate to the beginning of a word more quickly and then you would want to use ctrl+delete to delete that entire word. That is why it is important to learn both of these shortcuts and use the one that is most efficient at the time of your edit.
Let’s use the following sentence as an example.
The patient patient presented to the office today with abdominal pain.
In the above sentence, we obviously need to delete the duplicate word “patient”. By using the delete or backspace key alone, it would require 8 keystrokes to delete all the letters in patient and the extra space. If you position your cursor at the end of the word “patient” and use ctrl+backspace, you can delete the entire word and the extra space in 1 keystroke! The same holds true for the delete key. Perhaps in your navigating, it was more efficient for you to navigate to the beginning of the word “patient”. You can then use the ctrl+delete shortcut to delete the entire word “patient” and the extra space in 1 keystroke as well!
*Please note–check with your account manager as your shortcut keys might differ slightly—your keyboard shortcuts may be set up to use alt+backspace to delete one word to the left of the cursor.
Remember you can come back to our Editing Fun page and use our exercises over and over. The practice will really help you in learning the shortcuts!