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Why is Microsoft Word not saving changes I make to styles…

when I Save, Close and later Open a document. We’ve talked a lot about the power of styles in Microsoft Word in the last few weeks. They give you the ability to control the structure and the appearance of your document with just a few clicks. Today’s Tip, however, is about those times when your style changes don’t get saved the next time you open the document. To be clear, this specific solution requires that you make a change to …

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Creating a Form that Users Can Complete on their Computer

Long considered the Holy Grail of forms, giving users the ability to fill-in a form using their computers has become the standard in most offices today. With a little bit of know-how and the correct software, I think that you’ll find it is much easier to do than you ever imagined. I have covered Creating a Fill-in-the-Blank Form in Microsoft Word and Converting a Word Document to PDF in previous Tips. Now it’s time to learn how to add the …

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Converting a Word Document to PDF

Originally planned as Part II of a series of Tips on how to create a fill-in-the-blank form, I realized that the information is applicable to almost everyone. Before I get started, it’s worth noting that there are several ways to create a PDF, and none are better or worse. Also, you should always be aware that you are creating a second file. If your first file was a Microsoft Word file called example.docx, you’ll find you are creating a PDF …

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Creating Fill-in-the-Blank Forms in Microsoft Word

Every office has a need to create a form at one time or another. The old days of using the underscore key are long gone, and now everyone wants to be able to complete the form using their computer. If you’ve ever been tasked with making a form, you know how difficult it can be to get everything looking good. The secret is in the technique, and being certain you design the structure of your form correctly. If you haven’t …

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Creating Custom Styles in Microsoft Word

Styles add a lot of power to your ability to produce professional looking documents with ease. They’re not a requirement, but every power-user knows about them and uses them. I’ve shown you how to Apply Styles to Text, Use Style Sets and Revise Styles in previous Tips, but today I’m going to show you how to create your own Styles. The thing to remember about Styles is that you are looking for a common structure, where all items of a …

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Revising Styles in Microsoft Word

Styles are the way to strong-arm any document into shape quickly, efficiently and easily. You’ve been using them all along whether you know it or not because every Microsoft Word document starts off using the Normal style as its default. If you don’t know how to apply a style to a paragraph or a piece of text, be certain you check out my previous post Applying Styles to Text in Microsoft Word and Using Styles Sets in Microsoft Word Now …

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Using Style Sets in Microsoft Word

When we start talking about Styles in Microsoft Word, we are separating the Structure from the Content. Content, of course, is all of that fascinating verbiage you’ve written. Structure controls how the document lays out, and what the content looks like. If you picture any traditional newspaper, you know that there is a structure upon which the content is draped. For example, all headlines are a certain size and typeface, sub-headings also have a unique look, as do photo captions …

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Applying Styles to Text in Microsoft Word

Styles add a lot of power to your ability to produce professional looking documents with ease. Where you once may have struggled to change fonts and text effects on a large document, now you can do it with just a few clicks. The process of applying styles to text is called Tagging, as in the direction to “tag the first paragraph with the Heading 1 style.” The styles are all listed in the Style group of the Home tab. Be …

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The More Button in Microsoft Office

There are a lot of “hidden secrets” in Microsoft Office that are actually sitting there right out in the open. A little bit of curiosity will go a long way toward making you into a Microsoft Power User. One of my favorites is the More button. The More button is ubiquitous throughout Microsoft Office, and appears often in the Ribbon when there is more information to be shared than will fit on your display. The More button is best described …

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Using Tab Stops and Tab Leaders for Layout in Word

You may not know it, but you see Tab Stops and Tab Leaders at work all of the time. The best examples in the business world are restaurant menus. Every time you look at a menu that has an item listed on one side, followed by a series of dots or dashes and then the price on the opposite side of the page, you are looking at Tab Stops and Tab Leaders at work. Before we get started, be certain …

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