Using AutoText in Word Quick Parts

When you’re in Word, you often have to use certain blocks of text in many different documents. Instead of typing the same content over and over (or using copy and paste from something like Notepad), check out the Quick Parts AutoText feature instead…

Making the Word calculator a bit more useful

A colleague sent me an email after last week’s tip on creating a calculator in Word. She wondered if you could create a “spreadsheet” of claims in Word, and use the calculator to add up the claim totals. Much to my surprise, you *can* do something like what she suggested.

Quick charting from within Word

Normally if I have a chart that I want to add to a Word document, I create it in Excel and then copy and paste it over. However, Word has a decent charting function that makes it pretty easy to add basic charting on the fly.

Did you know about the “spike” function in Word?

OK… this tip borders on pure magic, and I had never heard of it before. The spike function in Word allows you to cut multiple sections in a Word document, and then paste them together in a single function. No more “cut, then paste, then cut, then paste, etc…”

Adding a “calculator” to Word

This is one of those things that I find more interesting than useful, but I can also see how some people might find this to be just the tool they need. So, with that… here’s how to add a calculator to Word. 🙂

Free tech books and documents from Microsoft!

It’s that time of year again!

Each year, Eric Ligman from Microsoft has a blog entry that posts links to a LARGE collection of FREE ebooks on Microsoft technology. There’s no catch, it’s all legal, and it’s simply a “thank you” to everyone who is a Microsoft customer or partner. They are full versions of the titles, they are not time-bombed, etc. They are really and truly FREE for downloading.

Locking the Track Changes feature in Word

Sometimes the Track Changes feature in Word is a nice convenience, but at other times it’s a critical requirement to make sure no one changed the contents of a document. To prevent someone from hiding their changes by turning off the Track Changes feature, you can add a password to lock people out from turning it on and off. Here’s how that works…

Break out of your rut with Office templates

When I go to start a new Word document or Excel file, I nearly always take the default blank template in the upper left corner. However, I recently decided to scroll down and see what Excel file templates were out there. I was amazed at what options I had to create something that was “out of the ordinary”.