Category Archives: Tips

How to Reduce MS Word File Size – Tip 3

In the final article in this series, we look at the role graphics play in determining the file size. In many respects, the ease in which you can create a Microsoft Word file is its own undoing. Both Adobe FrameMaker and MS Word have similar approaches to importing graphics. But after almost ten years using […]

How to Reduce MS Word File Size – Tip 2

In the last article, we discussed how multiple bullet lists can corrupt your Microsoft Word files. We outlined some techniques to reduce the file size, mostly by creating pre-formatted bullet lists in advance. But what happens if you’re given a file that’s already bloated to massive proportions. It’s too late to create fancy new styles […]

How to Reduce MS Word File Size – Tip 1

Ever had your Microsoft Word file explode from 1 to 10MB in just a few minutes? In the tech doc’s 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!) operating […]

[How To] Convert Images into PNG

You can use Paint to convert many graphic files from one file type to another. You don’t need to buy Adobe Photoshop or other expensive graphic design tools. Paint has many small tricks up sleeve. You can open these file types in Paint: BMP JPG TIFF PNG You can save the BMPs (also known as […]

[How To] Open ‘Locked’ MS Word Documents

JT from Dallas asks “I have a serious problem with my Word documents, they won’t open for me.  A box pops up with ‘there is an error when ‘loading’ this document and then it won’t open.” This is usually related to a corrupt Normal.dot file. Find this on your PC and Delete it. (Make a backup […]

Frank Rice’s Tips When Using Word 2003

Frank Rice at Microsoft’s MSDN site offfers some great tips on using Word 2003. “This article consists of a compilation of various tips from the Microsoft Word newsgroups. By using these procedures and modifying them for your own use, you can make your own applications more robust and provide more options to your users.” The areas he […]

[How To] Automatically Format MS Word Docs

By using AutoFormat, you can quickly apply formatting such as headings, bulleted and numbered lists, borders, numbers, symbols, and fractions to your text. Apply bold or italic character formatting to text surrounded by asterisks (*) or underscores ( _ ). Replace two hyphens (–) with an em dash (—). You can automatically format a document […]

[How To] Automatically Scroll in MS Word

Want to scroll through your documents automatically? From the View menu, click Automatic scroll. The document starts to automatically scroll. Click on the document to stop the scrolling. When you let go of the mouse, the scrolling starts again. Press Esc to stop all scrolling. See the results.   Add attachment           add watermark […]