[How To] Scroll down Technical Documents Automatically in MS Word

You can configure Word to automatically scroll down a document. This can be very useful for reading long documents, or when giving presentations. To turn of the auto scroll, follow these steps: Click Customize on the Tools menu. In the Commands tab, scroll down and highlight 'All … [Read more...]

[How To] Fix Corrupt MS Word Files

This tutorial explains how to retrieve information from Microsoft Word documents that may have become corrupt. We have provided as many screenshots as possible to show you the steps you need to take. Let’s start. How to Fix a Corrupted Document There are several ways to try to correct a corrupted … [Read more...]

[How to Fix] MERGEFORMAT Error if Inserted using CTRL+F9

Do you get an error if you use * MERGEFORMAT and insert using CTRL+F9? Here’s the problem: If you use the Ribbon to insert a field, it works fine. BUT if you use CTRL+F9 to insert the brackets and then type the field code it displays the following error message: "Error! Too many picture … [Read more...]

17 Email Writing Mistakes To Avoid

In the last sixteen years, email has helped me win more business than any other tool. It’s turned cautious readers into enthusiastic buyers. It’s brought in prospective customers from the edge and driven repeat traffic to the money pages. Here are some of the mistakes I’ve made and how to get around … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Improve Technical Document Reviews

What can Kate Winslet teach you about proof-reading technical documents? Watch the movie The Reader and it will make sense. If she was writing this blog, she’d probably say: “Don’t do it all at once! One of the biggest mistakes you can make when revising any technical document, is to do it all in … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Write Stunning Web Content

Ah, yes, writing for the web. So easy anyone can do it. Which may be the problem, of course. Let’s rewind for a sec. Ever read Blink? Malcolm Gladwell explains why we make critical decisions ‘in the blink of an eye’. If you run an online business, or spend any time writing on the web, it’s … [Read more...]

Q: Where Can I get a Degree in Technical Writing Online?

Want to be a technical writer but don't have the time to go to university full-time? Maybe you don't have to. Earlier this year we asked if Online Degrees in Technical Writing as Good as Real World Universities? The response was mostly positive. Mostly. There's quite a few universities that … [Read more...]

How to Remove Hidden Characters and Line Breaks in Microsoft Word

Today we look at how to remove hidden characters in MS Word. First - How do I remove invisible characters that appear as ¬ symbols in MS Word? If you copy and paste this symbol into Search & Replace box, it doesn’t work. MS word doesn’t seem to recognize these symbols. How do you get rid of … [Read more...]

How to Change the Background Color in MS Word

If the white background in MS Word hurts your eyes, you can change the background color. This makes it easier on your eyes, reduces eye strain and headaches. There are different ways to do this in different versions of MS Word. Change the background color from white to blue in MS Word MS Word … [Read more...]

How to create Absolute and Relative Links in Word 2007/2003 documents

MS Word automatically creates a hyperlink when you type the address of an Web page into a document. This happens only if you have not turned off the automatic formatting of hyperlinks functionality. If you want, you can also create customized hyperlinks to documents, for example, to a shared … [Read more...]