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Change the default line spacing in Word

When the default line spacing in documents changed from single spacing in Word 2003 to a slightly roomier 1.15 spacing in Word 2007 and Word 2010, customers asked the inevitable: Why did the default line spacing change? And how do I change it back? The short answer is that the default line spacing changed in Word 2007 to make online documents more readable. If you want to change the default line spacing in Word…

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Use cross-references to link to other parts of a document

You’ve heard that cross-references can enhance the professional quality of a research paper. What are cross-references and how do they work? A cross-reference is a pointer or link to an item that is in another location in a document – for example, “See Figure 1” to link to a salient graphic. You can create cross-references to headings, footnotes, bookmarks, captions, and numbered paragraphs.  

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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 …

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Use mail merge to streamline mass mailings

Today’s post about using mail merge to create a mass mailing is contributed by Kristin Beck. Kristin is a writer and editor for Office.com. Many of you want to know more about how to set up and run a mail merge.  Mail merge streamlines the mass-mailing process by allowing you to send  a set of documents or messages to multiple contacts and still customize some of the content.  Find out…

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Out of the office? Reply to messages with Outlook

Matt Shelton contributed today’s post about how to use Out of Office and Automatic Replies to send email responses when you’re away from the office. Matt, a senior writer, focuses on creating Office content for teachers and students. If you can’t reply to e-mails during the work day (or if you’re away from your computer), you know how emails can pile up. And it can be frustrating when you email…

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Include your signature in email or documents

Your correspondence is electronic now, but a signature personalizes even electronic email and documents. Many of you are asking about how to include signatures in Outlook email and in Word documents. You can find instructions for creating signatures at Office.com, but for easy reference, we’ve rounded up the top resources for learning how to get the job done.

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You asked about … watermarks

So many Office customers ask about watermarking that we’ve gathered the best answers here–links to our top instructions for using watermarks in Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel. (Excel doesn’t have an actual watermark feature, but you can still create watermarks in Excel using photos or words.) Not sure what we mean by watermarks? Not to be confused with backgrounds, which fill the entire page, watermarks are usually ghosted words, such…

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Group objects to create a copyright watermark

Grouping objects in Word can be tricky if you don’t know the rules. The catch is that all of the objects you are grouping must be floating objects. Some objects are inserted as inline objects by default in Word and others as floating objects. Thankfully, it’s a pretty simple matter to convert each object to a floating object, and then group them. A common customer request is to create a…

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Fine-tune your line spacing in Word 2010

Upgrading to Word 2010 from an early version of Word? Surprised by the default line spacing? Word 2007 and Word 2010 have a different line spacing default than Word 2003 and earlier versions. Back in 2007, the product designers changed the default line spacing to improve document readability, according to a 2006 blog post by Stuart Stuple, one of the Microsoft Word program managers for Word 2007. In addition to…