Customize access keys

In Microsoft Expression Web, access keys are keys you can press to access commands by using the keyboard. Access keys appear with an underscore under the shortcut letter. For example, the keyboard shortcut for the File menu is F. To use access keys, first press ALT to highlight the menu. Then you can press TAB or use the arrow keys to navigate through the menus, or you can press the access key for the menu or command that you want.

You can customize access keys by using the following procedures, or you can use the Rearrange Commands dialog box to assign or change access keys by using a keyboard menu. For more information, see Rearrange commands.


To make a change to a toolbar, first make sure the toolbar is visible.

To assign or change an access key

  1. Do one of the following:

    • On the Tools menu, click Customize.

    • Right-click anywhere on any toolbar, and then click Customize.

  2. In the Customize dialog box, click the Commands tab.

  3. With the Customize dialog box open, do one of the following:

    • Click the button on the toolbar.

    • Click the menu name on the menu bar or toolbar, and then click the menu command.

  4. In the Customize dialog box, click Modify Selection.

  5. In the Name box on the shortcut menu, type a name for the button or command with an ampersand (&) before the letter that you want as the access key.

  6. Press ENTER.

To show or hide access keys in ScreenTips

  1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.

  2. Click the Options tab.

  3. Under Other, select or clear the Show ScreenTips on toolbars and Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips check boxes.

See also


Rearrange commands

Keyboard shortcuts