18 Microsoft Word Tricks

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Microsoft Word is one of those powerful applications that seems essential in the business world, but it always seems like there is so much you don’t know about it. There are tons of information about tips or tricks that help you make better use of this tool. In this article by David Nield we get several tricks that you probably have never heard about.

1) Tell Word what you want to do

Recent versions of Word have a very helpful “Tell me what you want to do” field above the ribbon toolbar which you’ve probably been ignoring. It’s not just for beginners. Type a few words related to any command to quickly navigate through Word’s labyrinthine menus.

2) Find your previous location

For those particularly long documents, it’s often handy to be able to jump back to the cursor’s previous position, particularly after closing and reopening something. To switch to where the cursor was the last time you saved a document, use the Shift+F5 shortcut.

3) Generate filler text automatically

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie. Word can generate lorem ipsum (or filler) text for you automatically whenever you need it. Type “=lorem(p,l)” straight into your document. Replace “p” and “l” with the number of paragraphs and lines you need to generate.

4) Double-click to hide white space

If you’re viewing a document in the print layout (as if it’s actually on a page), then you can quickly hide the superfluous white space by hovering the mouse cursor over the gap between the page and toolbar, then double-clicking. Double-click again to bring it back.

You can read the entire article here.

There is also information for more advanced users here, from Jill Duffy and Edward Mendelson:

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