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 open Protected View files in MS Word

Vikas on the Microsoft Office Trustworthy Computing security team explains how a new feature in Microsoft Word 2010 called Protected View. In his article he discusses how hackers have discovered ways to manipulate Office binary files so that when they are opened and parsed, they cause their own … [Read more...]

How to Recover Lost Files in Word 2003/2007

Have you ever lost a Microsoft Word file and tried to find it? You know it’s there but where is it? Want to find where it is? Here's how to do it. How Microsoft Word saves files When you write a Microsoft Word document it creates a temporary file (.tmp) that saves your file as you work. … [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] 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...]

[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...]

MS Word 2010: Is the new Find better or worse?

In the new version of Word 2010, there is a new ‘integrated flavor of the Find feature’. Scott Walker, Lead Program Manager, for Microsoft Word explains that ‘Rather than a modeless dialog box that jumps about on the screen to get out of the way, the basic Find experience now sits conveniently at … [Read more...]

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...]