Have some old Display Writer files sitting around that you’d like to open? Here are some tools to do that if you don’t want to have to start trolling Ebay for a Display Writer console. Continue reading
Have you ever tried to open a Microsoft Word document created in Microsoft Word 2007 using any previous version? If you have, you have run to the problem that many others are now experiencing. There are converters and other software out there designed to help you with this, but I have found a viewer that is very easy to use and very light. It is a
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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’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…
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
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
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
I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m a die-hard fan of Print Preview.
It gives me a sense of the overall look of the final product, which I find to be an invaluable tool.
Word 2007 has the Print Preview option under the Office Button in the Print choices.
Earlier versions of Word used to allow me to get into the… Continue reading
We’ve all had this moment… the one where we realize that so much mismatched and random formatting has been done to our document that it’s time to just start over.
Well, not start completely over – I certainly don’t mean that we would want to delete all the document content – just the formatting.
As many of you