How to Convert MS Word Tables into ‘Plain Text’

Let’s say you have a table that you want to convert back into text. How do you do it? I write technical documents for a living. Part of my work is extracting text from excel files and other documents where technical information is located. Sometimes this is text inside tables that I need to get … [Read more...]

Numbered Lists: How to Insert Space Without Breaking the Numbering

If you want to add space between items in a numbered list, but don’t want to turn off the numbering, follow this checklist. Creating Space Between List Items Create a new document. Click the Numbering button on the Formatting toolbar to start an automatic numbered list. Type First Item and press … [Read more...]

[Tutorial] How to Convert Text into Tables

Let’s say you have a large block of text that you want convert into a table. How do you do it? I write many technical documents. This means that many times I need to reformat text so that it is more attractive and easier to read. One way to do this is to place the text in tables. This lets the … [Read more...]

[Video] How to automatically update fields, data, and links before printing

In this video tutorial, we look at how to automatically update fields, data, and links before printing your MS Word documents. … [Read more...]

[Video] How to Improve the Table of Contents in MS Word

Not happy with the default table of contents in MS Word? Want to add a little more sparkle? Want to jazz it up a little? Well, turn Spotify off for a second and I'll show you how to do it. To create a really nice table of contents in MS Word, you need to know how styles work. Styles are the … [Read more...]

[Video] How to Create an Amazing Table of Contents in MS Word

Be honest. You've got ambition, right? That boring ol' Table of Contents in your Word doc. You want better right? Something with an edge. That stands out. Special. Actually, you want anything except the default Table of Contents in Word. So, how do you fix it? Fear not, good friend. This … [Read more...]

How to go to the End of a MS Word document automatically

There are two ways you can go to the end of a Word document. The first is to use a keyboard shortcut and the second is to create a macro. There are pros and cons of each approach. Here’s how to do it. Using Keyboard - Go to end of MS Word document If you want to go directly to the end of a … [Read more...]

How to remove margin marks in Word 2003

Before you start, make sure that the Text boundaries option in Word is not selected. FWIW: these steps worked at the time of writing but (as you may know) things change with Microsoft applications, so you may have to experiment a little. To do this, follow these steps: Start Word 2003. On the … [Read more...]

How to use Crop Marks in Microsoft Word

When you open a document in Microsoft Word, margin marks or crop marks may appear on each corner of the page. Crop marks are markers that appear in the top left and right of your Microsoft Word documents. These are called ‘crop marks’. To remove these, you have to disable Asian language support. … [Read more...]

How to add a ‘soft’ return rather than a hard return

In general, when you write paragraphs you go from left to right, hit the far right margin, and then start on the left again. However, for different reasons, you may want to split the sentence before it gets to the end of the line. This is called ‘forcing a line break’. To do this, you use a soft … [Read more...]