Category Archives: Tips

Why do MS Word docs get larger every time they’re saved?

The Fast Save feature in Word saves both the original version of your document and ALL the changes you’ve made to it. So even though you may have deleted text and graphics—as long as Fast Save is turned on—the file will get larger and larger as it keeps recording every change you’ve made to the […]

How to Stop Word from Opening Every Document Separately?

This feature is hard-wired into Word. So, though you can’t directly stop it, i.e. through the menu options, we have some macros that work around it.  Macro to Update all Fields in a Document The code is as follows:   Sub UpdateAll()    Dim oStory As Range    Dim oField As Field    On Error […]

How To Remove The Web Toolbar?

There are two options here. The first is to turn it off for the document that’s currently open while the second is to completely blast it so it never appears in Word again, unless you restore it for some reason. – To remove it from the current document: Go to Tools, Macros, and select the Visual […]

Why doesn’t Page X of Y work in MS Word

There are several reasons why this can happen. To complicate matters, different versions of Word all seem to present their own unique problems. Rather than go through them all, here is solution that I found works the best. In Word, go to View and click Header and Footer. This opens the Header work-area. Click inside […]

How To Change The Default Font in MS Word?

There are several ways to do this, but this one is the best.Open the template from within Word. It’s very important that you open it within Word, otherwise the template will simply create a new document rather than opening the actual file itself.  Click Format, Styles and Formatting and choose Body Text. Click […]

How to Remove the Border on Text Boxes in MS Word

When you create a text box in Word, you’ll notice that is automatically creates a thin black border around the box. Many people want to know how to change or remove this border.  To change (or remove) the border, follow these steps: Right-click on the text box and select Format Text Box. Choose the Color […]

How to Turn off ScreenTips in MS Word

You may have noticed that when you mouse-over some items in Word, such as comments, or hyperlinks, a short description appears. These are known as ScreenTips. You may find that if you turn off these, Word’s performance improves.  To turn off ScreenTips, follow these steps: Click Tools, Options, and then the View tab.  Click to […]

Turn off the Recently Used File List

This option displays the most recent files that you’ve used, which can be very convenient as it saves you having to find documents. However, the downside is that it hogs memory and drags down the application. To turn off the Recently used file list, follow these steps: From the Tools menu, click Options, and the […]