How to extend the Ribbon in MS Office

The Fluent UI, or as it’s better known the Ribbon, was introduced in Office 2007. The Fluent UI technology, like the Open XML formats, is based on XML, which allows for a richer extensibility story for developers. Erika Ehril's blog post describes several tools and resources related to Fluent … [Read more...]

How to Fix MS Word Startup Problems

Over the years Microsoft Word has crashed on me several times. What’s interesting is that the error message I get tend to vary but the result it always the same – I can’t get Word to start. Here are some common error messages, the reason why they appear, and what you can do to re-start Word. 9 … [Read more...]

MS Office 2003 to 2007 User Interface Guides

If you’ve just moved to Microsoft Word 2007 and wondered, “where are all the file menus gone?”, then these reference guides might help. … [Read more...]

How To Change Sentences To Uppercase, Lowercase, or BLOCK

What’s the quickest way to change an entire sentence to Uppercase, lowercase, or BLOCK LETTERS? Here’s how you do it. Select the sentence you want to change. Hold down the Shift key. Press F3. Each time you press F3 it will change the upper, lower or block case, like this. F3, … [Read more...]

How to Open Word 2007 in earlier versions of MS Office

If you use MS Office XP, MS Office 2002/2003 and you want to open documents created in Office 2007 formats, you must install the Office Compatibility Pack. It's free to download from Microsoft and easy to install. Download and install Compatibility Pack You need to install the Microsoft Office … [Read more...]

How to display Japanese Yen signs in MS Word

To to convert backslash characters into Yen signs in Word 2007, follow these steps: … [Read more...]

How to remove margin marks in Word 2002

How to remove margin marks in Word 2002. … [Read more...]

How to Reduce Large MS Word Files – Part 1

Ever had your Microsoft Word file explode from 1MB to 10MB in just a few minutes? In the tech writing world, Microsoft Word tends to get a bad rap. One of the arguments put against Word is that its fairly unstable and prone to creating ‘horrors’, such as bloating in size until your (Microsoft!) … [Read more...]

How can I open Read-Only MS Word files?

Question: I am unable to edit a MS document I got emailed. I says all documents/sheets are locked. Why do they say 'read-only'?' If you open a Word file directly from a zip file, it will say  'read-only'. To resolve this, you have two options: Unzip the files to a folder on your PC and then open … [Read more...]

How to remove margin marks in Word 2003

Before you start, make sure that the Text boundaries option in Word is not selected. FWIW: these steps worked at the time of writing but (as you may know) things change with Microsoft applications, so you may have to experiment a little. To do this, follow these steps: Start Word 2003. On the … [Read more...]