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Wed
31
May
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Insert Page Breaks: MS Word

As documents grow longer and extend past one page, MS Word automatically calculates how much room is available and starts a new page when needed (keeping widows, orphans, and other text flow options in mind). MS Word also allows you to specify where ... to begin a new page by inserting a hard page break where you want one. Sometimes you only need a short page, such as a cover page, or perhaps you want to start a new part of the text on a new page. You wouldn't want to have to press Enter repeatedly, just to force Word to insert a page break. Instead, you want to control where page breaks occur. ... (view more)

Fri
26
May
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Use Tabs Command: MS Word

When you press the Tab key, the insertion point moves to the right 0.5 inch which means that your typing moves 0.5 inch to the right. This is MS Word's default tab. You use this tab to indent the first line of a paragraph, or even to separate short ... items, such as the chapter name and page title on a table of contents. You can also use tabs to place columns of short items side by side, such as those in a schedule of events, but for that use you may want to set a custom tab. Tabs come in four varieties: left, center, decimal, and right. You use the ruler or the Tabs dialog box to set the tabs. ... (view more)

Fri
19
May
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Add a Table of Contents to Your Document: MS Word 2003

You've composed a very large, very informative document. And now you want to configure it so that your readers can navigate it easily using a Table of Contents (TOC). Defining Style To begin the process, you will first need to properly format your ... document with Styles. Highlight the document text that you want to show up as table of contents major sections. Next, depress CTRL-ALT-1. You can highlight more than one paragraph at a time by depressing your CTRL key (even if the paragraphs aren't in sequence). This will apply the Heading 1 style to your text. This text stands out from the rest and ... (view more)

Tue
09
May
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Make Decorative Text: MS Word

You're about to start your first novel -- "Once upon a time..." Those beginning words just beg to have fancy lettering to evoke the feeling of your story don't they? Word has two features that let you create interesting lettering that goes beyond ... just changing the font and size. Those features are WordArt and Drop Caps. WordArt is an element of Word that allows you to define the shape, fill and text of decorative text -- everything from rainbow-colored and shaped words to the gleam of chrome on 3-D block letters. Many predefined effects are available for you to choose from, but you can ... (view more)

Sun
23
Apr
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Cant Copy and Paste Text As Filename in MS Office?

Infopackets Reader Simon W. writes: " Dear Dennis, I made the transition from Windows 95 to XP a few years ago, and since the upgrade, I've noticed a change in the way the 'Save As' dialogue box works with MS Word. For example: Under Windows 95, I ... would select a section of a document, copy it, and then paste it into the Save As dialogue box, and the document would save with that filename. However, now when I right-click over top of the Save As dialogue box under Windows XP, I don't have the option to 'Copy' or 'Paste' anymore (as I once did in Windows 95). Hence, I have to manually type in a ... (view more)

Thu
20
Apr
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Make Descriptive Notes for Slides: MS PowerPoint

MS PowerPoint has a feature called "Notes Pages", or "Speaker's Notes" (depending on which version you're using) that allows you to create printable pages that have notes or descriptive text associated with each slide. To view the Notes page for any ... slide, go to the View menu and select Notes Pages. You will see an image of your slide there, and a placeholder for adding your script, notes, or any other text you wish. You can cut-and-paste text from MS Word here if you like. To print these pages, bring up the Print dialog, and at the bottom of the dialog where it says ... (view more)

Mon
17
Apr
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Sort Lists of Information: MS Word

Although sorting a list in MS Word seems like an obvious, simple task, many users aren't familiar with how to do it. Using the Sort Function, you can sort text, number, or date lists in Word. Here's how you can Sort a List in MS Word: Launch MS ... Word. Paste or create a list (of text, numbers, or dates). Highlight the entire list using the mouse. From the Table menu on the toolbar, click the Sort option; the Sort Text window will appear. Under the Sort By Field, make sure that Paragraphs is selected. Beside the type field, use the drop down arrow to select the type of data you want to sort. For ... (view more)

Wed
22
Mar
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Copy and Paste with Precision: MS Word

Here's a tip for MS Word users who do a lot of cutting and pasting with text and prefer to minimize the number of times they reach for the mouse. For example: suppose you want to copy and paste a line that which uses the "Heading" format into a ... paragraph with normal formatting. When you select the line, MS Word will also select the paragraph mark which denotes a carriage return (or the beginning of a new line). If you simply paste the line (instead pasting as "unformatted text"), Word will impose the "Heading" style on the line you just pasted. Here's a quick and easy way to copy and paste ... (view more)

Thu
09
Feb
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Easily Create and Format Picture Bullets in MS Word

Need an effective and visually appealing way to make text stand out in MS Word? By adding picture bullets, you can add uniqueness and creativity to your documents. Unfortunately, it's not always as easy as one might think. For example: to create a ... custom bullet from a picture, you would normally have to go through the Bullets And Numbering menu, and add the picture to the Picture Bullet gallery. Then, you follow the menu prompts to insert the picture bullet into your text. The problem is that this method takes quite a bit of navigation through the menus. And if you're only going to use a ... (view more)

Mon
23
Jan
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Using the Paste Special Command

When you copy text from the Web or another document into a Word file, Word will reproduce the typeface, color, and font size displayed in the original page. If you want the pasted text to match the formatting in the destination document, use Edit | ... Paste Special, and choose Unformatted Text. Visit Carol's web site to learn more tips like this one! (view more)

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