Merging a list of names and addresses to labels from your customer database can save you (and your hand) a lot of pain.
Sending Christmas cards to your valued customers is a lovely gesture, but hand-writing the envelopes is a killer. Creating a mail merge to labels from your customer database can save you (and your hand) a lot of pain. Read more
When I’m asked to teach a class on how to restrict editing within a document, the first 5 minutes of my instruction is usually spent explaining that protecting isn’t bullet-proof.
Why do I do this? Because I have met so many people who assume that restricting the editing of a document by adding a password is in fact securing it so that only the holder or holders of the password can access the file. Not true! Via the Internet you can easily access a multitude of work-arounds that coach you through how to easily access the content of a restricted file. Read more
If you are familiar with working in centimetres, not inches, it can be a tad frustrating if Word is displaying measurement settings in inches.
For example, if I wanted to set my Hanging Indents to 1.25cm I know for a fact I would be lost if my measurement settings were only being displayed in inches. I don’t have a clue as to what 1.25cm would be in inches. Read more
PROBLEM: retaining a leading 0 (zero) when entering Post Codes. When you enter a post code that has a leading 0 (zero), e.g. 0642, you see only the last 4 digits, not the leading zero. This is especially frustrating when using an Excel file in a Mail Merge!
SOLUTION: learn how make the 0 stay!
PROBLEM: wasting time creating tables. Especially when trying to create complex tables where columns don’t align and content needs to be reorganized.
SOLUTION: Save yourself HUGE amounts of time…learn the shortcuts! Read more
PROBLEM: Wasting time when applying multiple formats to text and
SOLUTION: Save formatting time using Quick Styles in Word.
PROBLEM: accidentally adding “mispelled” words in to the dictionary. Unfortunately once you do this a spell check no longer sees the word as a spelling error (ahhhhhh!). The red squiggly line vanishes and the spelling error is over-looked when you run a spell check.
SOLUTION: remove a misspelled word from the dictionary (phew!).
If you are finding yourself repeatedly making your way to the Insert tab to insert a symbol into a Word document you might like to teach yourself the shortcut keys to insert symbols.
You’ll save yourself oodles of time.
Microsoft Word has pre-defined shortcuts keys already mapped to the most popular symbols. However you can easily set your own shortcut keys to any symbol you require.
Adding a watermark to a document assists greatly in making it very obvious to the reader that the document has a special condition or status.
For example, adding a “Draft” watermark to a legal Agreement or Deed document makes it obvious to the reader that this isn’t the final copy of the document .