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Are you looking to put a little space in-between your MS Word paragraphs, but don’t know where to find the option to do so? April has your answer right here, and it’s easier than you think! Continue reading

MS Word: Insert Text Boxes That Come With Their Own Pizzazz

I often find myself using text boxes in Word for a variety of reasons… often it’s something that needs to stand out from all the rest of the text, or needs to be very mobile… and let’s face it, moving plain text around is just a pain.

Some people have one central location where they open Office files from on a regular basis… but others have several locations, and it’s a bit of a pain to constantly navigate from one location to another.

The more files you open, the bigger that pain becomes until it’s an all out headache.

You’ve got to be

There are times when I’ve found myself working in MS Word, and I’ve needed a title or header for a page or section that was more of a title bar… something like this:

To create it, I could choose a text box and then format it appropriately but the reality is that  it’s not

It’s not uncommon for us to find ourselves dragging a picture or drawing object around a document to place it where we need it, and then to turn around, go back to the Ribbon to set the word wrapping.

Let’s face it, sometimes it feels like a good 10 minutes before we’re done tinkering with these basic things, after inserting a picture

Many of us use the Print Screen button to capture screenshots… basically it’s a copy of whatever was on the screen when you hit the button and then it’s available to paste into your programs.

You may also know about the advantage of combining the Alt key with the Print Screen – it captures only the active window or dialog box.

MS Word: Pick and Choose Which Non-Printing Characters to Display

If you’ve ever used Word’s ability to display the non-printing characters in a document, you know how helpful it can be to visually verify information such as the actual number of spaces, tabs or paragraph marks present.

However, when you use that feature you

MS Word: Using a Spreadsheet Within a Document

On more than one occasion, I’ve found that within a document I’ve needed to present data that really should be set up in Excel.

Don’t get me wrong, Word’s tables are great, but when it comes to calculations and numeric data displays, Excel wins hands down.

Numbering Tables in MS Word

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

MS Word: Stop Numbering Table Rows Manually, Word Can Do That for You

It’s not that uncommon… you’ve got a table in MS Word where you need the rows numbered, so you find yourself manually keying them in.

…1 – down arrow – 2 – down arrow – 3 – down arrow – 4 

Do you work with a lot of Google Docs documents? Do you have spreadsheets, Word documents, PDF reports, PowerPoint presentations stored in your Google Docs account, and are looking for an easier way to create or manage these documents from Microsoft Office desktop UI?

There are tons of desktop apps available for managing Google Docs documents, but recently Google has released an official add-in which

Retain Text Formatting in MS Word

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

MS Word: How To Ensure That Your Formatting Is Kept When You Copy And Paste Text

When you copy and paste text, do you ever find yourself wondering why sometimes certain formatting traits were pasted with the text and at others aren’t?

It can seem sort of random to most people… and random is

Pictures and Shapes in MS Office

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

MS Office: A Picture of a Different Shape

Today I want to point out a very simple and quick way to change the way pictures and graphics are displayed in your documents, presentations, worksheets, etc…

We’re going to take a look at how the fill of a shape can really make a difference in

Adjusting Line Spacing in Word 2007

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Rose from Coon Rapids MN asks:

When I am typing a document in Word 2007, I get a wide space between the lines. How do you reduce that space?

Rose, thanks for the question. The search for your answer helped me find an answer to a question I was too lazy to

MS Word: Manually Move Table Rows or Columns Without Copy and Paste

Let’s face it, there are just times when the table you’ve set up now seems to be “out of order”. You find yourself wishing that the 3rd row was now the 5th row and that the 4th column should have actually have been the 2nd.

Preventing File Overwrite in MS Office

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We’ve all done it at one time or another… you need to create a new file that’s pretty much identical to another one, so you open the file that you have, make the changes and then save it.

In that very, very short time while you watch the file being saved you are struck speechless with the horrible realization that you just made a

How much time have you spent customizing the Quick Access Toolbar in your MS Office 2007 programs?

If you’re anything like me then it’s quite a lot…

When you move to a new computer – or maybe decide that you want the one at home to match the one at work – what do you do?

Drop Caps in MS Word

Friday, February 11th, 2011

It’s called a Drop Cap and, while this may not be something that we would use every day, it is a quick and very easy way to add a little something extra to your documents, making it something that would be a good addition to our “Hey, I know how to do that” list.

Superscript and Subscript

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Franklyn asks:

When writing email, there are times I would like to use a superscript (degree F) and subscript (H2O). Is there a way to have them available?

Franklyn, if you’re using Microsoft Word or Outlook 2007 or 2010, you can easily add either superscript…

If you’ve recently given up your Microsoft Office 2003 for the “latest, greatest” version, Office 2010, you may be a bit disoriented.

You’ve heard the hype about the new Ribbon User Interface but now you’re faced with actually having to use it…

If it’s not something you’re taking to easily or just feel like you need more guidance, I have a suggestion or two

The other day we talked about a method to copy and paste the OFFICEUI files (which contain all the custom User Interface information for one of the Office 2010 programs). It’s a good method, but it requires you to know where to look for the files.

It’s a great way to save your customizations, in case something happens to your system

Increase the Number of Undos in PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Do you “undo” a lot in MS PowerPoint?

Ever run out of undo steps and wish for more?

If your response was yes, here’s what you need to know about PowerPoint to get a few (or a lot) more undo steps added to your list.

Use

Text Rotation in MS Word

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

MS Word: Moving In a New Direction



Ever find yourself looking to rotate text in MS Word?

Maybe you’re trying to make a flyer with phone number tabs across the bottom? Or, maybe you need to run some text down the side of a document and you don’t want

When you open a file in one of your MS Office programs, do you find that you’re always navigating away from “My Documents” to some other folder?

Ever wish that it would just open up to that location in the first place?

If so, here’s the good news… you can set each program to go directly to whatever location you desire, when you

Applying Options in MS Office

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

When you’re in the Options dialog box for one of these newest MS Office programs, have you ever noticed this part of a section header? (You’ll notice that not all section headers have one…)

Even if you did notice it…did you take the time to investigate?

For many people the answers are no…

Using the Clipboard in MS Office

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

MS Office 2007 & 2010: I Thought That the Clipboard Could Hold More Than One Item?

You’re right – it can…
you were used to accessing something like this via the Edit menu in older
versions of MS Office:

A clipboard pane where all
the items that have been copied or cut, are stacked in a list… Continue reading

Using Windows Snipping Tool with Word

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In Windows 7, when using the Snipping tool, (one of the greatest features of Win 7), I can copy the snippet OK and place it in MS Word, but I cannot place the object right or center nor can I text wrap around the object. Any ideas?



Back in the days before the introduction of Windows 7 and Vista, if you wanted to take a picture… Continue reading

Reducing the Size of Word Documents

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Thom, from Dallas asks:

Why do Word and Excel files get so large when the content is so small? As I make numerous changes and saves to a Word file, the file becomes bloated over time. If I open the large Word file and copy (Ctrl-C) and paste the content to a newly created word document, the file

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