The index to articles on MS-Word.
Making Documents Communicate
Discussion of methods for organizing and formatting information
that facilitate communication. Topics include contrast, repetition,
indentation and alignment, proximity, consistency, and the role played
by changing word processing technology.
Covers the MS-Word user interface in versions 2007/2010/2013.
Coverage includes descriptions of the principal document views, the Ribbon, the
Quick Access Toolbar, the Mini Toolbar, Zoom, Task Panes, Show/Hide formatting
symbols, and Keyboard shortcuts.
Scrolling and Positioning the Insertion Point
Presents some of the finer points in using the keyboard
and the mouse to scroll documents and position the insertion point.
The most efficient techniques for selecting text using both keyboard and mouse.
Moving Text in Documents
Describes efficient alternatives to Copy and Paste and Cut and Paste to move text around in documents.
Defines the term typeface and explains the difference
between serif and sans serif typefaces and proportionately and non-
proportionately spaced typefaces. It also explains how differences in
size, weight, and style account for different fonts of the same
Undo, Redo, Repeat
Describes the Undo, Redo, and Repeat actions and gives examples of how they can be used effectively.
Margins, Word-Wrap, and Paragraph Spacing
Discusson of margins, word-wrap, and spacing before, after, and inside paragraphs. It distinguishes between lines and paragraphs, and dynamic and manual line breaks. It shows how to use Space After as part of a Style and how manual line breaks can be used to modify Space After in lists and mailing addresses.
Alignments, Indentations, and Tabs
Coverage of horizontal paragraph alignments, vertical page alignments, paragraph indentation options, and the use of tabs to align decimal numbers.
Bulleted and Numbered Lists
Distinguishes between ordered and unordered lists and gives two methods that can be used to create them (Ribbon tool and AutoCorrect). Also explains how to format list items automatically using AutoCorrect and how manual line breaks can be used to control
the line length of list items.
Discusses the types of graphics which can be incorporated into an MS-Word document and describes some of their available options.
Making Tables Sing and Dance
Explains how tables can be used not only to present information but also to a) arrange graphics and text in sophisticated layouts, and b) manipulate and transform information by converting it between lists and tables and tables and lists. It also covers the many formatting options available for tables and gives simple methods for re-arranging both table structure and table contents.
How to Transpose MS-Word Table Columns Using Drag-and-Drop
Step-by-step instructions on how to transpose MS-Word table columns using drag-and-drop.
Sorting an MS-Word Table
Step-by-step instructions on how to sort an MS-Word Table.
Describes MS-Word's AutoCorrect feature and gives instructions to create an AutoCorrect entry that expands acronyms.
Find and Find and Replace
Describes "Find" (Search) and "Find and Replace" in MS-Word and gives suggestions how they can be used.
Defines direct formatting and describes the many problems associated with using it as opposed to formatting using Styles.
The Format Painter
Explains how to use the Format Painter in single-use and multiple application modes and discusses why formatting with styles is superior to using the Format Painter.
Formatting with Styles
Discussion of MS-Word styles and their benefits. Explains how to apply styles, modify them, and create new styles. Describes how to use styles and templates to change the default typeface and other formats. Includes a link to an exercise which covers all aspects of working with styles and explains how to set up Word options to make styles work smoothly.
Defines the concept of templates and explains how and why they are used. Explains how to create custom templates, modify templates, set up a folder for user-generated templates, and manage Styles between templates.
Describes MS-Office themes and points out a few of their advantages and shortcomings.
Discussion of considerations for longer documents, including page breaks, footnotes and endnotes, sections,
headers and footers, and blank pages and orphans.
Add Send to Powerpoint to MS-Word's QAT
Explains how to add to MS_Word's Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) any of the many commands which don't appear on the Ribbon. The example used is "Send to MS-Powerpoint", but the method is identical for any other command. Works for MS-Word version 2007 and beyond.
Spicing up Titles and Text in MS-Word
Explains how to use text effects available in MS-Word 2007 and up in order to add more interest to titles and text in documents such as brochures and posters.
Extracting an Outline in MS-Word
Describes a simple method to obtain an outline without sub-text from an MS-Word document which is formatted using Word's built-in heading styles.
Defines direct formatting and describes problems associated with using it as opposed to formatting using Styles.
MS-Word 2003 and Earlier
Recovering Corrupted Documents: MS-Word
This article explains how text from a corrupted document in MS-Word
may be recovered in versions prior to MS-Word 2007.
Describes some options in setting up MS-Word to be more
helpful and less annoying. Broadly, these options pertain to all versions
of Word, but instructions here are specific to versions prior to Word 2007.