Microsoft Word started life as a word processor, back in the days when people struggled over whether to purchase a computer or a new typewriter. Since then the software has gone on to become a publishing powerhouse, used for everything from letters to reports. Check out these tips to give Microsoft Word documents the professional polish you want.

Accessible Links in Documents

Accessible Links

There are some easy-to-follow guidelines on creating accessible links in documents. If you’ve become accustomed to just pasting a URL into a Word document, these extra steps will make a world of difference for people using assistive technology. Creating Accessible Links It is always a best practice to create links in your authoring document. With… Keep Reading

New Text Box Shortcut works in PowerPoint, Word and Excel

Keyboard Shortcut for New Text Box

Many users feel condemned to using the mouse to hunt and peck through the Microsoft Ribbon. They just don’t know a better way! Today’s tip is going to drill down on one shortcut, how to add a new text box in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word or Excel using the keyboard. Once you have the program open… Keep Reading

Say Adiós to the Mini Toolbar in Word

Turn Off the Mini Toolbar in Microsoft Word

The Mini Toolbar in Microsoft Word is one of those features that you either love or hate. It pops up when you have text selected, and it offers a shortcut to the most common text formatting features in the Home tab of the Ribbon. Before you turn it off, of course, you want to be… Keep Reading

Opening and Editing a PDF in Word

Open and Edit a PDF in Word

Let’s face it; it’s happened to all of us. You need to edit a computer file that is only available as a PDF. Commence screaming, hair pulling and nail biting. Back in days of yore (pre-2013), you were severely restricted in your options, if not downright stymied. I can recall converting PDF documents to graphics… Keep Reading

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

Microsoft Word Not Saving Changes Made 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… Keep Reading

Creating a Form that Users Can Complete on their Computer

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… Keep Reading

Converting a Word Document to PDF

Creating a PDF out of a Word Document

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… Keep Reading

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

Creating a Form Using Tab Leaders and Styles 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… Keep Reading

Creating Custom Styles in Microsoft Word

Create your own style definitions 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… Keep Reading

Revising Styles in Microsoft Word

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… Keep Reading