[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 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 Create Keyboard Shortcuts in MS Word

  Want to know how to Create Keyboard Shortcuts in MS Word? In MS Word you can assign frequently used commands to a keyboard shortcut. To create a shortcut, follow these steps: 1. Right-click in the toolbar area. 2. Select Customize and click the Keyboard button. 3. To auto fix … [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...]

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...]

New Wikipedia of Organization Charts

No Inc have taken AJAX and “Web 2.0-ness” to create CogMap, which is a terrific Wikipedia of organization charts. Their own site is an organization chart wiki! This means that it is a collection of organization charts online that anyone can edit, add to, and help maintain. CogMap is a tool for … [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...]

When is a Word document not a document?

The new Word Blog over on MSDN keeps cranking out the good stuff. Scroll down this page and read the Q and A about document types. Q: When is a document not a document? A: When it's a form. "This is another question that we spent a lot of time discussing when we started to think about building … [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...]