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14
Aug
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Modifying a Shortcut Menu: MS Word

In most applications, you're stuck with whatever the software company decides to put on its shortcut menus (the set of commands that appear when you right-click your mouse). For instance, Mr. Gates must have considered hyperlinks very important ... because in Word 2003, you can insert a hyperlink from 26 of the 62 shortcut menus. The shortcut menu that the majority of people use is the Text shortcut menu, which appears when you right-click within the text of a document. Luckily, you are able to rearrange any of the 62 shortcut menus in Word according to what you find to be important. For instance ... (view more)

Fri
11
Aug
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Format Painter: MS Word

MS Word's Format Painter is a very cool means of copying just the format of one word or paragraph, then pasting (or painting) it onto others. It's a shortcut that is very easy to master and pays off handsomely in a document with inconsistent ... formatting. Format Painter works on two levels: character and paragraph. You can copy just the character formatting -- fonts, font sizes, font attributes -- or character style from one word and apply it to other words. Or you can copy the paragraph formatting (line spacing, alignment, indentation, et al.) or paragraph style from one paragraph and apply it ... (view more)

Wed
26
Jul
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Change Image Control Settings: MS Word

When you have a picture selected, you can use buttons on the Picture toolbar to change it from color to black and white and adjust the contrast and brightness. Click the Image Control button and choose Grayscale, Black ... (view more)

Thu
13
Jul
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Insert Excel Worksheet Cells: MS Word

You don't have to have two separate pages, one from MS Word and one from Excel, to display text and numbers in your document. This is because Word and Excel are built to work together, so that you can seamlessly bring your data from Excel into Word. ... Using Excel to generate your numeric data opens the door to more sophisticated calculations and numeric formatting. You can use all the features of Excel for making calculations, rather than being limited to the few formulas available on Word's Table | Formula command. Copying between Excel and Word uses the same techniques you know already: Open ... (view more)

Fri
23
Jun
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Format Section: MS Word

A newsletter or article usually begins with a larger title or headline. To have a headline span the width of several columns in MS Word, it must be formatted with a different number of columns. Formatting Pages with Section Breaks Whenever you have ... different page-level formatting applied to a single document, you need to break it into different sections with something called a "section break." In doing so, sections of a document can be formatted with different margins, page orientation, number of columns, headers and footers, page numbering, et cetera. For example: in a newsletter ... (view more)

Wed
21
Jun
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Create and Use Newspaper Columns: MS Word

Although tables are used to present text that must remain in side-by-side columns, they would be clumsy to use when creating a newsletter. MS Word provides a different feature that lets you create "snaking" or newspaper-style columns, where the text ... flows down the page in a narrow column and then continues to the next column. To establish this multi-column format, you'd use the Columns button in Word. Newspaper-style columns are used whenever you have a lot of text to fit on a page, particularly a large page. If the pages were printed in long lines that ran the width of the page, ... (view more)

Wed
14
Jun
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Create and Modify Headers and Footers: MS Word

When you want the same text (such as a title) to appear on the top of every page, you are creating a header. On the other hand, text that appears on the bottom of every page is called a footer. Both headers and footers appear within the page margins ... and are unaffected by adding and deleting text in the document. You can set the measurement for headers and footers in the Margins tab of the Page Setup dialog box. Longer documents often must have certain text on every page, such as chapter titles, author names, dates, file names, or page numbers. You wouldn't want to have to type the text at the ... (view more)

Tue
13
Jun
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Change Case: MS Word

Text can be typed in lowercase or small letters, uppercase or capital letters, or a mix of the two cases. Have you found yourself wishing you could change the capitalization of a section of text without having to retype the whole thing? You can, ... when you use the Format | Change Case Command. Proper nouns should be capitalized. The first word of sentences should be capitalized. Titles should be capitalized. What if you forget? What if you capitalize where you normally would not? You can change the case of all the text at once with a single command -- a great timesaver! To do so: Highlight the ... (view more)

Thu
08
Jun
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Copy Formatting: MS Word

After you've gone to the trouble to apply all the various formatting options to your text, you may want to reproduce specific formatting in several places in your document. For example: suppose you decide that the body of a report looks fine with an ... 11-point Courier New font, but for definition, you decide to make the headings 14-point Arial Bold Italic in blue, with a bold blue underline. It would take a lot of time to highlight each bit of text and apply all those formatting commands. Instead, you can save time by copying the format you've already applied to text. At first, you might think ... (view more)

Sat
03
Jun
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'Shrink Pic', and 'Pure Text'

Shrink Pic Automatically resize photos for email, instant messenger and web uploads Attach dozens of photos to emails without any problems. Upload to your blog or website in seconds, and share with your friends instantly! Shrink Pic automatically ... detects when you send photos by email, Instant Messenger or web browser and compresses them for you. There's no need to make duplicates and resize - it all happens instantly, when you send photos. http://www.onthegosoft.com Pure Text Copy any formatted text to the clipboard, click on the PureText tray icon. The pasted text will be pure and free from ... (view more)

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