Does your writing pass the 5 second test?

Skimmers are likely to spend 20 seconds or less skimming a document to decide whether or not to read it more carefully. Skim your document for 20 seconds, and mark what stands out most to you in that amount of time. After you are finished, see if what you have marked is able to convey your … [Read more...]

[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 change MS Word’s background from White to Blue

You can change the background color of Microsoft Word from White to Blue. … [Read more...]

[Tutorial] How to Create a Macro in MS Word 2007

One of the hidden features in Microsoft Word is macros. These are small mini-programs that you can create to automate tasks, for example, formatting a document, changing the layout or updating styles. What is a macro? A macro is a series of commands and instructions that you group together as a … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Better Technical Writing

Technical Writing is not difficult when you know where and how to start. So, when you write a technical document, consider the following 7 points: … [Read more...]

How to update the Date automatically in Microsoft Word

You can update the Date and Time in Word when you open it. There are two steps involved here: … [Read more...]

How to Change the Background Color in MS Word Documents

The bright white text area of most word processors can become a quite tiring on the eyes after a few hours. You can of course jiggle the brightness and contrast settings on your monitor but a far better solution is to give your blank pages a light grey tint.  Open Word so that you can judge the … [Read more...]

[How To] Change the Default List of Documents in MS Word

Let's say you want to change how Word 2007 list its different options. You can change the way Word displays these options and specify document settings such as editing, printing, spelling and grammar, and change tracking in the Options dialog box. Here's how it works: 1. On the Tools menu, … [Read more...]

How to Add Line Numbers to Reports

You can make it easier for people to find information in your Word document by adding lines. These run down the left hand side of the page. Instead of saying something is on page 5, paragraph 3, just tell them the line it's on. Microsoft Word can automatically count the lines in a document and … [Read more...]

How to find the AutoFormat feature in Word 2007?

I used to use the AutoFormat feature all the time in Word 2003. Last month I ‘upgraded’ to Word 2007 and have had a very hard time of it. You can tell from my mangled grammar, I guess. The fact is that AutoFormat, which was part of Microsoft Office 2003, is not included in the 2007 Microsoft … [Read more...]