Try Alt-Shift-D for the date code (in help, there should be a "WordPerfect keyboard equivalents" topic, I found it in mine).
To highlight an entire line, I usually put the cursor at the beginning of the line, then hold the shift key and press the down arrow key...
And - to shoot the talking paper clip. When he appears, RIGHT-click on him once, then choose "options" (I think - I killed mine a while ago ). Somewhere in there should be a box that's checked called "use office assistant."
Sometimes I think Microsoft is just a tad too helpful !
There cannot be a crisis today. My schedule is already full.