August 2008, V7#8: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

If adjusting line spacing in MS Word, go to the Format-Paragraph box. For a “quick squeeze” that most people wouldn’t notice, instead of the default 12 point/single space, set it for 11 point/ 12 point space. This shrinks the font as well as the line spacing, but very little. By setting the line space 1 point higher than the font, it keeps the white separation space that makes it easier to read, but not as much as single space does.

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.