Tag Archives: Track Changes

[How To ] Use the Background Saves Option in MS Word

By default, the Allow background saves option is turned on in Word. This allows you to continue working in Word while a document is being saved. However, this eats up system memory. If you want to conserve resources, turn off this option. To turn Allow background saves off, follow these steps:  On the Tools menu, […]

Use Fewer Fonts

  Use no more than two or three fonts per document. If you use more than this, it will reduce performance, especially when you print or print preview documents. The Font and Symbol dialog box will also take longer to appear when you use additional fonts. Also, most professionally designed documents limit themselves to two […]

How to Copy Text and Graphics from PDF Files into Word

To copy text from a PDF file into Word: Open the PDF file.  On the Tools menu, click Select Text.  Select the text you want to copy (or click Edit, Select All to select the entire file).  Click Copy on the Edit menu.  In Word, click where you want to paste and click Edit, Paste. […]

[How To] Update Your MS Word Toolbar

You can personalize your Microsoft Word toolbar so that it displays the commands you use most frequently. Instead of having to slog through the menus every time, add what you want to the toolbar. Oh yeah, delete the stuff you don’t need otherwise you’ll run out of space.  To add a command to your toolbar:  […]

How to Run Sample Code from Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles

If you want to learn how to create Word macros, then this Knowledge Base article is the place to start.  As the site says, “The Microsoft Knowledge Base contains a number of articles that include sample code for Visual Basic for Applications macros. Many of these macros illustrate basic concepts of programming in Visual Basic […]

[How To] Take Great Screenshots with MS Paint

There are many great products for taking screenshots out there. Snagit is the one I’d recommend most. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you may have to make do with Paint, which comes pre-installed with Windows. Paint is a very under-rated product and comes with more features that you’d probably expect. If you learn […]

Putting a Border Around the Page

Putting a single pixel border around a page can give it a more official and formal look. Borders are ideal for letters, certificates and presentations.  To put a border around a page, follow these steps: From the Format menu, click Border and Shading. Click the Page Border tab and click Box. Use the Style, Color, […]

[How To] Add Spacing Between Cells in MS Word Tables

Spacing gives a table some space to breath. Words and figures stand out more. Without it, data can get very cluttered and hard to read as it all appears to be cramped together. To add spacing between cells, follow these steps: Select the table. Click Table Properties and then select the Options button. Click the […]

Why should I use styles?

Because if you want to change any part of your document, all you have to do is update the style and the document is changed automatically. For example, if can change Heading 1 to a larger size, different color, and font family, every Heading 1 gets updated immediately.  The alternative is to change every heading […]