Microsoft Project Keyboard Shortcuts & Cheatsheet ⭐

Microsoft Project (MS Project) is a leading software used to organize any project based on tasks, timeline, resources, dependencies, collaboration tools, and interactive dashboards. If you are planning to create a project with methodical clarity on every minor point, this program is one of the best to have.

To navigate Microsoft Project better and to keep track of various project variables, it is important to get familiarized with useful keyboard shortcuts. We have prepared a cheatsheet for this purpose. Using these shortcut keys would not only save your time and effort but improve your access to many hidden features.

What Microsoft Project Is Used for?

Among the many uses of Microsoft Project, you can use its features to execute a wide variety of projects. These include sprint projects, waterfall projects, software development plans, budget sheets, market research schedule, annual reports, wedding planners, and even wine-tasting fundraisers.

Any full-fledged project is assembled using tools such as Gantt charts, network diagrams, resource sheets, task boards, team planners, apart from collaboration over email, SharePoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams. All Microsoft Project data files are saved in .mpp format. (Writer: Sayak Boral)

The above and following screens are for Microsoft Project’s Version 2105 which was released on May 27, 2021. Non-subscription versions of Project 2019, 2016, or 2013 are also available, and they are all backward-compatible.

It should be noted that unlike, say, Word or Excel, Microsoft Project doesn’t come as part of a regular Office 365 software suite. You need to either buy a subscription online or sign up for a Project 3 free trial. There are quite a few free alternatives to MS Project.

Examples of Microsoft Project Shortcut Keys

To operate Microsoft Project efficiently, you should familiarize yourself with commonly used shortcut keys. A full list of these shortcuts has been presented in the next section. But the ones below represent the examples which would make your navigation and browsing easy.

1. Using Keyboard to Work with Ribbon

Want to quickly do your tasks without clicking the mouse? The keys Shift + F10 help you execute every command using the keyboard on the ribbon itself. Press any letter in the key tip to prepare the option you want to use. Use the Tab key to move through the options. You may additionally press Alt to make the same selection, and select any option. Press it once again to dismiss the view.

2. Managing Project Files with Ribbon Enabled

Continuing with the ribbon enabled, we opened a file using Alt + F. We could have simply opened it just using F. Now to open any Project file, use O or Alt + O. You can see other options for “print” p, “save” s, “share” z, and so forth.

3. Display Task/Resource/Assignment Information

While dealing with the entries in various cells, you would sometimes need to check what the information is all about. Shift + F2 is common combination for tasks, assignments, and resources which will open the pop-up box to give full details at a glance.

4. Turn Auto-Calculate ON/OFF

In MS Project, you can switch between the cells default calculability state using a screen tip called Auto-calculate ON to OFF. The keys for doing this are very easy to use: Ctrl + F9 .

5. Activate the Auto-filter Dropdown Menu for Any Column

Imagine you have hundreds of rows for a column. If you had to sort all of them out manually, it would be quite tedious. For this reason, there’s a hidden secret feature where you can activate the auto-filter dropdown menu for any column of your choice. It’s done using Alt + Shift + F3.

6. Scroll the Time-scale in Team Planner

Microsoft Project has a team planner mode where you can view the timelines of a project. Of course, it can be tiring to drag the mouse cursor continuously. A keyboard shortcut Alt + Left Arrow or Alt + Right Arrow helps in efficient scrolling. So even if your project drags for many weeks or months, you can have a nice horizontal scrolling view.

7. Overtype Mode

Do you want to type over any task? This mode can be turned on/off using the simple Insert key.


List of Keyboard Shortcuts: Microsoft Project

After you practice the above examples as shown in previous section, you will understand how Microsoft Project functions. There are many other shortcut keys. Here we have provided them in the form of a cheatsheet explaining their main functions. While there are a few more which you’ll find in any MS Project window, this handy list will be enough to help you get started.

Short-cut Function
Basics in Navigation
Delete Delete one character to the right
Ctrl + Del Delete any word to your right.
Esc Cancel any entry.
Enter Accept any entry.
Enter Move around within a selection down the fields
Shift + Enter Move around within a selection up the fields
Shift + spacebar Select any row
Tab Move within a selection right one field
Ctrl + Shift + End Extend the selection right until the end
Ctrl + Down arrow key Move to the last row
Ctrl + Up arrow key Move to the first row
Alt + Home Move to the very beginning of a project
Alt + End Move to the very end of a project (timescale)
Manipulation of cells
Shift + Backspace Reduce any field to just one field
Ctrl + Shift + F2 Unlink various tasks
Ctrl + F2 Link various tasks
Ctrl + Shift + Spacebar Select all rows and columns
Ctrl + S Save the project
Ctrl + Spacebar Select a column
Shift + Spacebar Select a row
Ctrl + Forward slash on the numeric keypad Show smaller time-scale units
F6 Select any drawing object
Alt + Shift + hyphen Hide subtasks
Ctrl + Delete Clear or reset the selected field
Ctrl + Minus sign Delete row with a selected cell
Ctrl + D Fill down
F5 Go-to menu
Shift + Arrow keys Add network diagram boxes to a given selection
Page Up Move up one window height
Page Down Move down one window height
Arrow keys Nudge any shape up, down, left, or right
Shift + Right/left arrow key Increase/decrease a shape’s width by 10 percent
Shift + Up/down arrow key Increase/decrease a shape’s height by 10 percent
Ctrl + A Select all text
Ctrl + Z Undo
Ctrl + Y Redo

Microsoft Project is extensively used in simple as well as sophisticated projects. It has a universal template form which makes it worth sharing with others. is also a good project management suite which is worth consideration.

Happy learning!