Reading in Word 2013

One of the things Word has always excelled at is content authoring, but there’s more to a document than just writing, reviewing and collaborating. Historically, many documents were received and read in a paper form, but the increasing ubiquity of digital devices has led to a world in which many documents never even reach a printer. Word has long had tools tailored for reading, but this release of Word we…


Reading in the new Office

Tristan Davis, Senior Program Manager Lead, Word Nearly two-thirds of user sessions in Word contain no editing at all – the only things that happen once the document is opened are scrolling and zooming changes as the user reads and processes the content. The Word engineering team wanted to focus on creating a refreshed, modern reading experience for the new Word; one that optimized for the times when the user is…


Webinar: Mail Merge

This week’s webinar is a bit of cooking class. The dish? Fresh Mail Merge. This is a process, not just a few clicks. We’ll show you some free tools at Office.com that we’ll show you, including a cookbook (of sorts). Go to http://aka.ms/offweb for more information on how to join the series. What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar: You need good data for good mail merge Our cookbook: Mail Merge…


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…


Tip: How to cut and paste without messing up formatting

Why does formatting sometimes get messed up when you cut and paste text? And what is that thing that appears at the end of the last sentence every time you paste-like a fly returning to honey. That thing–the Paste Options button–is your friend, a worker bee and not a fly whose only job is to follow your formatting instructions. Learning how it works keeps you from wasting time manually formatting…


Customize! 5 table of contents tricks

The Word 2010 gallery makes adding a basic table of contents quick: Click the References tab, click Table of Contents, and then click the gallery table of contents you want. But what if you want more? What if your table of contents needs to provide different information–more levels, or fewer levels? What if you want a table of contents at the beginning of each chapter? What if you want to…


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.