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June 15, 2017

Code Searching

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A friend of my discovered an interesting trick for Microsoft Word, something I wasn’t aware of. Buried within the old Find command, what Word 2016 calls “Advanced Find,” you can search for character codes.

Yeah, this revelation may not launch your rocket, but it makes me all gooey.
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June 8, 2017

I Don’t Have Time For Themes

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Word 2007 introduced the concept of the theme in Word. I ignore it. I mean: I see the point. Design experts have crafted a set of fonts, styles, and colors and you can quickly apply them to any document. Neat-o. But Word has another set of themes, which I also ignore.
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May 29, 2017

Make Word Look Like Word Again

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Recently, a reader asked me how to make Microsoft Word 2010 look like her beloved Word 2003. The answer is definitive: You can’t.
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May 15, 2017

Word’s Save As Format Round-Up

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Like many applications, Microsoft Word offers several different formats to save a file. The default is the Word Document format, also known as DOCX. Other formats are chosen from a File Type menu, which allows you to use Word to create documents for other applications, documents for legacy versions of Word, and files of various types to help exchange information.
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April 24, 2017

Introducing Word’s Page Movement Group

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I’m not sure if this update applies to all versions of Word 2016 or just the Office 365 release, but here it is: Document flow can be altered in Print Layout view so that pages in flow right-to-left instead of top-to-bottom. I figure this change came about because nearly all PC monitors these days are widescreen.
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February 27, 2017

Word’s Image Compression and eBook Publishing

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eBook publishers desire that you use a specific image resolution for pictures in your digital manuscripts. Word can deal with pictures in a document just fine, but it automatically compresses images unless you direct it not to. The results are less-than impressive and could even cause your eBook publisher to reject the submission. So the esoteric topic of Word’s image compression suddenly becomes important.
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January 12, 2017

Word’s New Icon Graphics

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I suppose I’m going to stumble upon new Word 2016 features as they ooze out of the Microsoft mothership and populate my Office 365 Word subscription. My latest discovery is the Icons button.
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January 10, 2017

Word 2016 Update: Right-Click Spell Check

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Microsoft updates its Office suite every so often. You may see the Office Update request appear — or not. I have the Office 365 subscription, so I’m guessing that my software might get updated more frequently than an off-the-shelf Office purchase. In any event, I noticed a change recently to how Word impliments the document proofing check.
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December 8, 2016

Section Break Mass Slaughter

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In my Word For Dummies books, I describe how to remove a hard page break and a section break, but I don’t describe the process to eliminate all breaks from a document at once. It’s not a secret, but the process might wreck the document’s formatting.
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October 27, 2016

Messing with Your Work Window

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The interface for Microsoft Word has changed over the years. Back when Word was a text mode program (believe it or not), it had a clunky, half-screen interface that really got in the way. Then when Word became a Windows program, it featured its documents as subwindows in a single window. Today, Word documents are each held in their own window, but how do those windows sit on the desktop?
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