What does Alt+F9 do?

Alt+F9 is like a secret code on your keyboard, mainly used in Microsoft Word. It helps hide or reveal special codes that control how your document looks. And guess what? Other programs also use this same trick!

Keep reading to find out where else you can pull off this keyboard magic.

How to use the Alt+F9 keyboard shortcut?

Using the Alt+F9 shortcut is easy – just press and hold the Alt key on your keyboard and while holding it, press the F9 key. Simple as that!

Alt+F9 in GeForce Experience and GeForce Now

Gamers, listen up! If you’re diving into the realm of GeForce Experience or GeForce Now, Alt+F9 is your ticket to recording gameplay. Picture this: you’re in the midst of an epic battle, pulling off insane moves, and you think, “This needs to be immortalized!” That’s where Alt+F9 steps in. Press it, and like a cinematic director yelling “action,” your game footage starts recording. It’s a gamer’s dream, to capture those victorious moments for posterity.

⇒ GeForce Experience Shortcuts

Alt+F9 in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, Alt+F9 will show or hide field codes. Field codes display behind-the-scenes formatting instructions in your Word documents. They are handy for troubleshooting formatting issues. So use Alt+F9 to toggle field code visibility.

⇒ MS Word Shortcut keys

Alt+F9 in a GOM Player

When using the GOM Player media playback software, Alt+F9 lets you switch between different aspect ratio display modes for video. It cycles through options like fullscreen, letterboxed, original, etc. Useful for getting your media to display properly!

⇒ GOM Player Shortcuts

What to do when Alt + F9 doesn’t work?

If pressing Alt+F9 doesn’t have any effect on a program, there are a few things you can try:

    • Ensure no other keys are pressed.
    • Try using the FN key if you are on a laptop.
    • Check if another program has mapped the shortcut.
    • Look in the software settings for a shortcut conflict.
    • See if the software has an option to reset shortcuts.

Getting shortcuts like Alt+F9 not to work can be annoying! But hopefully, these troubleshooting tips will help get it functioning for you. Let me know if the shortcut isn’t working for a specific program.

Related Keyboard Shortcuts:

Alt + F4
Ctrl + Z
Ctrl + Y
Ctrl + F5


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