How to Improve Word Templates

In certain situations, you might want to extend an existing Word template, and add on new styles. For example, your Proposal team might use a standard RFP template which you want to modify for the Sales team, who also contribute to your proposals. Rather than create an RFP template from scratch, we modify the existing […]

[How To] Create ‘Draft’ Watermarks in MS Word

Have you ever wanted the word “DRAFT” to appear as a light background on the pages of your printed documents? Microsoft refers to this use of words and images as “watermarks”.A Watermark lets you place an image (or text) ‘behind’ the main text. How to Create Watermarks in MS Word To place a watermark is […]

How to Reduce MS Word File Size – Tip 4

How to Quickly Reduce Microsoft Word File Size – Secret #4 Before we go, here are some final tips that may help reduce the size of your Microsoft Word files. Compress graphics – Crop you images (where possible) and reduce the image resolution to reduce the graphic’s overall file size. Turn Off Fast Save – […]

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 Generate Leads To Develop Your Business

Running a small business involves many balancing acts, few of which are more important than generating new leads. You have to work at creating leads. It’s naïve to expect that lucrative business leads will walk up to your front door or passing strangers will throw checks in your letter box. It doesn’t happen. I’ve seen […]

[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 […]