How to Correct Errors in MS Word’s Dictionary

MS Word lets you add words to the default dictionary and other custom dictionaries you may have setup. This is very handy if you're using a lot of technical, business, or medical terms and want to avoid accepting them every time you run the spellchecker. But, of course, you can also make mistakes … [Read more...]

[How To] Remove Duplicate Words and Phrases in MS Word

What's the simplest way to remove duplicate words and phrases in MS Word documents? For example, when writing long documents, or writing a report during the week, it's easy to get ‘snowblind’ and end up repeating text without knowing it. Luckily there is a way to check that these repetitions … [Read more...]

How to Create Mirror Text in MS Word

Want to write mirror text? It's actually very easy to do in MS Word. You can get Word to display text in mirror style if you want a heading or title written backwards, for example, to make a brochure or newsletter more interesting. To write text backwards, what’s often called mirror writing, … [Read more...]

[How To] View Documents in Full Screen in MS Word

Want to view your documents in full screen so you can read them better?  Here's how you can use the full-screen mode in MS Word to review your documents. After all, it can be difficult when reading technical documents on a small screen if you have to keep fighting your way through toolbars, menu … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Write Secret Messages In MS Word

Here’s a few ways to write secret messages in MS Word.  Write your message, select it, and change the Font Color to white. Your words have disappeared! The problem here is that if another person highlights the document and changes the font to black, your words come back. Let’s try another … [Read more...]

[How To] Add Diagonal Lines to Tables in MS Word

To add diagonal lines to tables in MS Word, follow these steps: Click inside the table you want to modify. From the Format menu, click Borders and Shading. From the Apply To box, select Paragraph, Cell, or Table.   4. Click the lower left button (highlighted in red above) to add a … [Read more...]

[How To] Save ‘Filtered’ HTML in MS Word

Filtered HTML is a special type of HTML where Word-specific functions have been removed from your document. This is very useful when you want to create a webpage with ‘clean’ code as web pages created from Word don’t always work correctly when viewed in non-Microsoft browsers. The reason for … [Read more...]

2 Ways to Reduce Large MS Word Documents

Question:  I have a very large Word document with many large bitmaps. However, even when I delete the bitmaps, and reinsert a number of smaller images, the file size remains the same as when the bitmaps were in the document. How can I reduce the file size? Answer:  Use Save As, which wipes … [Read more...]

When to use Must v Shall in Business Requirements

Do you use the word “shall” in everyday speech? Can you tell the difference between “shall” and “will”? In what context should you use each word? Anyone whose job involves writing requirements, proposals, or legal text will have encountered this dilemma. From where I’m sitting, shall is dated … [Read more...]

Time Management Tips

 Here are some tips for managing your schedule, especially if run your own business: Create a Schedule – if you run a small business, chances are that you have an endless to-do list. It can be very stressful, and unproductive, to manage these unless you have a plan. Here’s a suggestion. Don’t … [Read more...]