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Tab It Up In MS Word Tables

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Tab It Up In MS Word Tables

So, you’ve created an absolutely beautiful table in MS Word and you’re trying to enter the table data. (Check out recent issues from March 30, 2004 and April 1, 2004 for more info on table creation.)

Along the way you needed to set a few tab stops within the cells. (You can revisit the… Continue reading

Quick Keyboard Highlighting in MS Word

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Quick Keyboard Highlighting in MS Word

Are you the person always looking for a better way to highlight text without the mouse?

Yes? Then I bet you’re a pretty big Shift key user.

While I’m not sure about you, I know that I find it a bit annoying since I tend to change my mind about how much to highlight after I’ve released the Shift key.

So naturally I’d need… Continue reading

Vanishing Characters

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Vanishing Characters

So, there you are, happily editing your MS Word document. You’re in the middle of a paragraph adding in a new word here and another there… but wait. What happened to the text?

You had something like this:

MS Office & Tricks

Then realized that you forgot the “Tips” so you clicked back into the sentence to add it.

Somehow, someway, you got this…

MS Office Tipsicks

What’s… Continue reading

Merge vs. Split

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Merge vs. Split

Well, let’s get right to the “good stuff”, that is, how to accomplish a cell split or merge.

Let’s begin with cell merging.

How do you accomplish this magical wonder in MS Word? Believe it or not, with only 2 clicks of the mouse.

First you will need to highlight the cells to be merged. (Click, hold and drag until all cells to be merged are highlighted… Continue reading

More MS Word Table Talk

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

More MS Word Table Talk

In a couple of recent issues (March 30, 2004 and April 1, 2004) we went over some MS Word basics.

I think it might be time to expand our knowledge just a bit…

Have you ever wanted to take several cells of a table and turn it into one?

Yes?

Yeah, me too.

That’s called a merge.

Or—have… Continue reading

Hyperlink No More

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Hyperlink No More

Have you ever been frustrated with MS Word while putting together a document that contains email or web site addresses?

Tired of the way Word continues to automatically create hyperlinks of your addresses?

You know—the change of color and underlining. If you’re creating a document to be printed then this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for.

In fact, for printed documents, it can be downright annoying!

What… Continue reading

Pictures In MS Word On Demand

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Pictures In MS Word On Demand

Do you have a picture or logo that is frequently used in your MS Word documents?

Are you tired of the constant routine involved with the insertion of the picture into document after document?

I know I get pretty tired of it. (I can’t stand to repeat myself unnecessarily! :- )

Anyway, if you’re in this situation where you have a logo or other… Continue reading

MS Word: Headers & Footers Demystified – Part 1

(Yes, we accidentally ran part 2 of this Tues instead of today. Sorry about that, here’s part 1. If you want a review of part 2, click here)

So, now you know what they are, I’d bet that the next question you’re dying to ask is “How do I get to these wonderful little miracles?” (All right, I… Continue reading

Word’s Readability Statistics

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Word’s Readability Statistics

OK, so we’re all here for the same purpose, that is, to get Word to give us the scoop on a document’s stats.

The first step is to turn on the Readability Statistics feature.

Accomplishing this task is really quite easy. Go to the Tools menu, Options choice.

In the Options window you’re looking for the Spelling & Grammar tab.

At the bottom, you’re looking in… Continue reading

What’s Your Readability?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

What’s Your Readability?

Do you find yourself preparing MS Word documents for a specific audience?

Ever worry that it’s just too complicated? Maybe it’s just written in a way that’s above the target audience’s abilities? Maybe it’s below their abilities?

In the course of my job as a teacher I’ve prepared hundreds of documents (project instructions, memos, letters… you get the idea) and I’ve always got to keep in mind… Continue reading

Inserting MS Word Bookmarks

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Inserting MS Word Bookmarks

Ok, so we’re all here to find out how to create and use MS Word’s Bookmark feature for quick navigation through our documents. With that in mind, let’s dive right in.

The first thing would be to decide where you need a bookmark. It could be a string of text, a picture or simply a blank space somewhere. (Whatever your bookmark location, make sure you have… Continue reading

Bookmark It!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Bookmark It!

Ever have a “monster” MS Word document?

Find it a bit of a pain to navigate?

Tired of the Page Up and Page Down buttons?

Yeah, me too. There’s just got to be an easier way to navigate through the entire mess, and, well, there is.

In fact there are several different ways to shortcut by all the navigational headaches—but today let’s discuss MS Word’s Bookmark feature.

First… Continue reading

Using Word’s Hyperlinks With bookmarks

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Using Word’s Hyperlinks With bookmarks

On Tuesday we covered MS Word’s bookmark feature—all in all, a pretty quick way to navigate through large documents.

But… wouldn’t it be wonderful to have the ability to set up links within the document so you can jump from location to location without all the Go To stuff?

You know, like a web page—you click on a marked link and poof!… Continue reading

Word: Sorting Data

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Word: Sorting Data

Have you ever found yourself wishing that the list you just typed into MS Word was alphabetized? Or, for those of you who are good with Excel, you’re probably wishing that you typed the list in Excel in the first place (where it’s so easy to sort data).

Well, stop dwelling on the “should have, could have” stuff and smile. It’s very easy to sort data in… Continue reading

Word: Double Spacing

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Word: Double Spacing

By default, MS Word documents are single-spaced, which is great for most of what we do. But, what about that small percentage of documents where you need things double-spaced?

Now, as I’ve said before, I’m a teacher. I have a lot of opportunities to see how people (both students and staff) are using their technology. I’m always amazed when I find someone using the enter key to… Continue reading

Word Pages With Pizzazz—The Basics

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Word Pages With Pizzazz—The Basics

So, you’re working in MS Word and you’re trying to create a unique, eye-catching document.

You’ve been looking for just the right touch to make it grab their attention. Something that’s not too over the top but definitely says “Read me!”.

You’ve eliminated the idea of AutoShapes and pictures. No, you’re looking for something to tie it all together.

Hmmm…

Wait, I know, what about… Continue reading

Quick Table Splits

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Quick Table Splits

You’re working in MS Word and you’ve got a beautiful table—it’s perfect!

Well… almost perfect.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, you’ve just come to the conclusion that it really should be two different tables.

Now what?

Are you having copy / paste nightmares?

Or, worse yet, you’re picturing a situation where you’ve got to create a whole new table and re-enter all that data!

Well worry no more.… Continue reading

Formatted Text in AutoCorrect

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Formatted Text in AutoCorrect

I’m sure we’re all aware of MS Word’s AutoCorrect feature—that little gem secretly working in the background replacing many of our common typos with the correct spelling.

And, for you more advanced users, I’m sure you’ve already modified the list to be used as an automatic replacement tool for complex or long text strings.

My question is: do you find that you’re constantly going back to… Continue reading

The Word Highlighter

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

The Word Highlighter

Have you ever been working on a Word document and come to a point where you need to enter a fact that you’re not sure of? Do you really want to stop this very minute to look up the information?

I’m not sure about you, but I hate to stop every few minutes to look something up. I’d rather keep going with the typing part, look information… Continue reading

WordArt Designed By You

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

WordArt Designed By You

Are you a person who likes and frequently uses Microsoft’s WordArt?

Yeah, me too.

But don’t you sometimes find yourself wishing there was a way to have a “toned down” version?

You know, a way to pick and choose a few elements of the whole WordArt feature?

If this is you then here’s a tip that’s sure to add to your ability to jazz up your… Continue reading

The Spaces Too?

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

The Spaces Too?

In MS Word, what’s the difference between Ctrl + U and Ctrl + Shift + W?

Give up?

The answer is one little word: “spaces”.

Let me explain.

I’m sure we all know that Ctrl + U will underline text, spaces and all like this.

In contrast, the Ctrl + Shift + W will underline only the text.

See how the spaces are not underlined?… Continue reading

Fast And Efficient Envelope Addressing Using MS Word

You just finished a letter. It’s beautifully written, printed, and ready to go. Now all you need is an envelope.

For this next step I’m sure most of us are aware of the nifty little function in the Tools menu of MS Word that allows you to go in and address envelopes for printing.

You go to Tools menu, Envelopes and Labels… Continue reading

MS Word: Headers & Footers Demystified

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

MS Word: Headers & Footers Demystified

So, now you know what they are, I’d bet that the next question you’re dying to ask is “How do I get to these wonderful little miracles?” (All right, I can hear the groans and moans from here. Maybe they’re not little miracles but they’re pretty useful little gadgets anyway.)

The way to access headers and footers is to go to the View menu… Continue reading

Paste Options?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Paste Options?

You just completed a copy / paste in MS Word XP and you happen to notice this little button appear at the end of you pasted text.

What’s that you ask? Hmmm…

Good question.

And here’s a good answer.

The little button offers you the Paste Options.

(Now I know a few of you just had the Paste Special thing pop into your mind, but just keep… Continue reading

The Word Font Window On Demand

Monday, November 15th, 2004

The Word Font Window On Demand

OK, so when working in MS Word we all know about the usual toolbar buttons and lists that allow us quick access to things like font type, size, bold, Italics, underline, color, etc.

But did you know that there are even more aspects of your fonts that can be manipulated?

There are things like character spacing and text effects to be explored along with… Continue reading

Changing Directions

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Changing Directions

Have you ever wished that you could change the direction of text? I mean literally have it read in another direction.

Maybe you want to change the look of the documents or maybe you need to maximize the space you have to work with in the horizontal direction. (Change direction, get more space… If only that would work in my living room. Change the direction of the couch… Continue reading

Click, Click — Text Formatting Trick

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Click, Click — Text Formatting Trick

Many of you may be aware of the Change Case text options in the Format menu of MS Word. This wonderful feature will allow you to take text and, in one quick swoop, change the case of every letter to match your needs.

From the Change Case options, you can make text all lower case, all upper case, sentence case, toggle case or… Continue reading

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