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When you're in the middle of a long document--a report, a white paper, or the next Great International Novel--where are you? It's easy to get lost.Heading styles can help you find your way all the way through your document. Word uses those heading styles to build a table of contents. And Word also displays those headings in the Navigation Pane, where you can quickly click anywhere in your document, or even restructure your document. To see how it works, take a look at this video...
Faithful readers of the Word blog should be pretty familiar with the Track Changes feature in Word by now. We had two articles about this feature just last month:
Track Changes can be very handy when you're working with other writers or editors on a document. It allows you to easily view any changes or comments they've made right there in the document. The changes and comments are tracked by embedding special markup in the text.
If, however, you are not familiar with the Track Changes feature, this markup might seem a little confusing. And that might be putting it mildly.
This video provides an introduction to how the Track Changes feature works and how to remove all that potentially-confusing-but-actually-pretty-handy markup in your document.
-- Ron Owens
With graduations just around the corner, you might be thinking about
ways to celebrate success--and banners do that in just the right big
You can make your own banner in Microsoft Word--and it's easiest if you start with a template...
Writing is fun, but learning how to write with Word 2010 is even more fun when you play Ribbon Hero 2.
Can't find that command on the Word ribbon? Don't remember the steps? Ribbon Hero 2 teaches you how to use Word 2010, but it's also a game--complete with time travel, points, and Clippy.
Doug Thomas gives you a quick Ribbon Hero 2 tour, and shows you how it's done.
You can measure your progress. You can compete against your colleagues. It's all in good--you guessed it--fun. And it's free. Just download Ribbon Hero 2 and get started.
Now, I need to rack up some points.
-- Joannie Stangeland
Meet two blogging moms who have a book coming out soon, and hear how they used Microsoft Office--especially Word and the Track Changes feature--to write it and make changes without losing their work. (Spoiler alert: I like the part in this video about the different colors.)
To learn more about tracking changes in Word, see Turn Track Changes off or on, or hide or reveal tracked changes.
Today's post about track changes in Word is contributed by Louis Broome, a manager and writer for Office.com.
To turn Track Changes off, on the Review tab, in the Tracking group, click the Track Changes button (the paper & pencil with the healthy orange glow, pictured below). Here's the relevant piece of Word real estate:
Find out more ...
Today's post about page margins in Word is contributed by Joy Miller, a writer for Office.com.
Margins are the blank spaces outside the main body of text on the top, left, right, and bottom edges of a page. When you change the page margins of a document, you change where text and graphics appear on the page.
In addition to the one-inch default margin settings, Microsoft Word 2010 includes some pre-formatted margin settings that you can apply to your documents quickly and easily.
In Microsoft Word, you can hide the top and bottom margins to reduce the amount of white space that appears between the pages in Print Layout view. The vast majority of the work I do in Word is in the Print Layout view (and this only applies to the Print Layout view), so I find this to be a really handy feature for saving precious screen space. I use it a lot! And it’s really easy to turn on … maybe too easy?
If you’re unaware of the feature and you accidentally turn it on, you might wonder where your headers and footers have gone. They’re still there, and I show you how to see them again in this video.
I demonstrate this feature in Word 2010, but the feature works just the same in Word 2007 and almost the same in 2003 – the only difference being you can turn it on with a single click in Word 2003 … too, too easy?
How do you generate ideas? And how do you go from those first ideas through the editing and the polishing to a completed project?
These videos walk you through different ways to get from start of an idea to a finished work. They're a mix of Office 2007 and Office 2010, but the processes work in both. Read and see the full story...
Maybe you love color-coding. I know I do. But the Word shading colors that are available in the Highlight command can be limiting. You can run out of colors quickly, because there aren't very many.
But there's a way to color-code your document with all the colors shown here...