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...]

[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...]

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] 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...]

How to Reduce HUGE Microsoft Word Documents

Last week we showed you how Bullet Lists can crash MS Word documents, especially if you cut and paste from several different documents. We outlined some techniques to reduce the file size, mostly by creating pre-formatted bullet lists and re-creating bullet lists the correct way. How to fix Corrupt … [Read more...]

How do I turn off Automatic Hyperlinks in Microsoft Word?

If you don't want MS Word adding links automatically to your document - which you then have to unlink - then read this tutorial. One of the most annoying things in Microsoft Word is that is creates hyperlinks, when you don’t want it to do so. This is an automatic setting turned on by default. … [Read more...]

Use AutoCorrect To Write Documents Faster in Microsoft Word

We're all in a hurry, right? If you're reading this post, you're probably looking for some way to get those business documents written that little bit faster. One of the little-known secrets in MS Word is autocorrect. In this tutorial, I will show you how to setup autocorrect so you can speed up the … [Read more...]

[How To] Insert Your Chapter & Paragraph Titles into MS Word’s Footer

I use the Header and Footers in my documents to add information that helps readers navigate through the report, see when it was written, and also its date, status, and page count. You can add an incredible amount of information into the Header and Footers. Here are some ways to add in the … [Read more...]

How Word 2010 will be different than Word 2007

Microsoft has published an introduction to how Word 2010 will work. Interesting concepts here for technical writers and others who use Word for document creation. Image by Ivan Walsh via Flickr Microsoft starts by saying that: In the past, individuals worked on relatively simple, local … [Read more...]

How to Force Word to Close after it Crashes

Word crashed. But when you go to re-open it, it refuses to do so. What’s happening here and how do I fix it How to Force Word to Close after it Crashes When Word crashes, the Winword.exe file may still be running behind the scenes. I know. If it is running, why won't it open? There is no easy … [Read more...]