March, 2014 Electronic Magazine – Computer Tuesday, May 20 2014 

Are you someone who is finally getting comfortable with Microsoft Word? Do you not have access to Publisher, or not ready to learn its interface, but want some of the templates? Word isn’t as easy to use to produce finished pieces, however, more templates are available to download from http://www.office.com – more FAX sheets, invoices, newsletters, calendars, etc.

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June 2008, V7#6: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

MS Office – Format Paint

A good thing (in my book) is when you can get away with setting variables once and not having to do it again. To that end, I bring up the “format paint” option.
 
If you have a paragraph (or several) that are formatted just right and one (or more) that are not. Try using format paint:
Format Paint Illustration
Place your cursor in a paragraph that is formatted great.
Go up and click the button, just right of “paste”.
Next, highlight all the text you want formatted properly. This should make the highlighted text format correctly as you have “painted” it with the great format.
This doesn’t work with all formatting items, especially the advanced ones, but it does most everything found on the formatting tool bar – font size, type, underline, etc.
 
The paint only works for the next cursor placement. If you want to repeat the format paint – such as changing the person headline on each page, double click the format paint button. Everywhere your cursor highlights will reflect the new format until you either hit your Esc key, or double click the paint button again.

December 2007, V6#12: Computer Tuesday, Dec 30 2008 

Not sure if files written in MS Office 2007 are compatible? The truth is that they are with a bit of work on your part. If you are running an older version of a program and try to open the 2007 file, it will prompt you do download a conversion program. If you are online, follow all directions – including downloading other updates first. Your computer can then convert the 2007 file to something your computer can work with. Word of warning though, if the file contains features that became available in 2007, your converted file won’t have them.

February 2007, V6#2: Computer Tuesday, Dec 30 2008 

What software to use? (part 3)

Especially if you have some experience with Microsoft software, one might consider buying Microsoft Office (instead of single particular program), which will include Word, a spreadsheet/database program, usually a webpage program, and sometimes Publisher. This is a long range planning consideration – especially if you are looking toward being a life-long author. Not every book project will be well suited to a single program. Transcriptions, and columnar data works very well in Excel. This data can be sorted, rearranged and selectively inserted into a Word manuscript – all without having to retype.

September 2006, V5#9: Computer Saturday, Dec 27 2008 

(Mis)Spelling with Microsoft

While this trick may work with other programs, it seems to work like a dream in most MS Office programs. Do you have a word that seems misspelled but you don’t want to run the spell check? Right click the word, a option menu will pop up with several alternatives. Just click the correct on and the word will be fixed without having to run spell check.