3 Ways to Avoid Corrupting Microsoft Word Documents

Here are three reasons why Word documents become corrupted. 1. Round-tripping One of the main causes of document corruption is when a document is converted from one format to another and back repeatedly. Word to RTF to Word or Word to Excel and back into Word. This is called round-tripping. It … [Read more...]

[Video] How to Reduce Large MS Word files by 60%

If I could show you how to reduce the size of large MS Word files by at least 60%, would you be interested? In this video, I show you what causes MS Word to create such large files and what you can do to make them smaller. The process is quite straightforward. Sit back and watch. [Video] … [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...]

How to Add ‘Dancing Ants’ to MS Word Docs

How do I animate text in a Word Document? For example, to make dancing ants or add sparkles to the text. 1. Select the text you want to animate. 2. Click Format, Font, and then the Text Effects tab. 3. In the Animations box, click the effect you want, for example Sparkle Text. You can … [Read more...]

How to Add Commands to MS Word Toolbar

Instead of using field codes to add filenames and file paths to your document, you can setup Word so that it displays these in the toolbar. You can then add these links to any page in an open document. Right-click on the toolbar. Select Customize and then the Commands tab. Scroll down the … [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...]

[How To] Avoid Getting a Macro Virus in MS Word

A macro virus may use Word’s macro programming language (VBA) to spread itself through your computer, infecting all your Word files. Macro viruses infect Word documents, templates, and other programs that uses a programming language. Here's how you can reduce the likelihood of getting a macro … [Read more...]

5 Things you can’t do with the Microsoft Word 2007 Ribbon

I have Microsoft Word on two different PCs. My old laptop have Word 2003 (which I know and love) and the new, shiny desktop has (sadly) Word 2007.  It’s not so bad, but the ribbon is driving me insane. … [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 Fix Error Message “Do you want to download a compatibility pack so that you can work with this file”

You get this error message when opening a 2007 Office document: "Do you want to download a compatibility pack so that you can work with this file". Here's how to fix it. … [Read more...]