Category Archives: Document Formatting

design and layout tips

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 […]

How to Save MS Word docs as ‘Filtered’ HTML

Purists may not approve of the quality of its code, but Microsoft Word lets you save your documents into HTML and, for the most part, the end result is fine. If you want to convert your document into HTML you can choose from three different options, each of which has its own advantages. To get […]

How to Recover Lost Files in Word 2003/2007

When you write a Microsoft Word document it creates a temporary file (.tmp) that saves your file as you work. When Word crashes — even if you have NOT saved the file —the tmp file is still on your PC. Want to find where it is? Here’s how to do it.

[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 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 & Damaged MS Word files But […]

[How To] Convert Tables to Text in MS Word Without Losing the Format

In this MS Word tutorial, I’ll show you how to convert a table into text and also convert the text into a table. Ever wanted to get the contents of a table in MS Word? There’s a few ways to do this in Word. For example, Do you want to get the table’s contents only, ie […]