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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.

July 2012 E-Zine (V11#7): Computers Thursday, Jul 19 2012 

Did you know that you can use the Microsoft Office combination of Excel and Word to produce individual items up to, and including, postal bar codes? When desiring postal bar codes, the computer system will need the bar code font installed. Also, double check with your printer specifications to be sure it is capable of producing USPS readable codes.

October 2006, V5 #10: Production Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Add to your printed book for pennies

Hybrids:  Disks can be placed in envelopes or slim-line jewel cases to be delivered (or shrink wrapped) with printed books, or spindles may be attached to the end sheets to secure a CD in a hybrid book. Content ideas for this include:

  • Containing original manuscript in digital form.  Example – prepared in MS Word, the reader can use the Edit+Find command just like a search engine. Also editing & updating can be accomplished by the reader. This makes an excellent handicapped edition that can be shipped with the printed book, or sold separately.

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August 2006, V5 #8: Computer Friday, Mar 20 2009 

Larger Type (MS Word and Internet Explorer – at least)

Does it seem like every document or web page you open has smaller text then the last? If your mouse of choice has a wheel (“wheel mouse”), you may be in luck. In at least Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, this trick works like a dream (most of the time): When you want to see the text larger on a page or document you are viewing, be sure your mouse pointer is somewhere on the “page” in question, hold down your control key and move your wheel away from you (while holding the mouse still). This should zoom the text in direct relation to how far you move the wheel. The reverse is true if moving the wheel toward you. Try this in your favorite program – it might work there too!

January 2009, V8#1: Computer Thursday, Jan 8 2009 

working with templates in Word (see also V5#5 and #11)

Do you have correspondence that is often times similar? Are you working on reports or a book? If so, making template files can save you a lot of time. But what about updates? Instead of typing in the dates every time, set the template for this year, or even this month. At the end of that time, update the template and save it as a different name such as “coverletter1-09” instead of coverletter. Once this is done, go into the template area and clean up – right click the old file and choose delete. Sorry, templates won’t let you save over the same file name, nor will they allow for a rename from the right click/shortcut menu – at least in XP and older versions.

October 2008, V7#10: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

Create a gutter margin in MS Word

Microsoft Word (all versions) If you are preparing a camera ready digital manuscript of any length at all, you probably want a  binding margin – commonly called a gutter margin. In MS Word, you add the extra gutter space through mirror margins. With the file you want margins for open, select “File” at the top of your screen to get the pull-down menu; select “Page Setup”; if not already visible, select “margins”; set “Top”, “Bottom”, “Left”, and “Right” all the same size; set gutter to add the extra binding space to your taste; choose gutter position to fit the orientation of paper – left for long edge binding; under the pages/multiple pages setting click the arrow down and choose mirror – this will alter the preview at the bottom of the box – showing the gutter in crosshatch; select OK or “Default” then “OK”. If you are (going to be) working with multiple files, select “Default” before closing this dialog box. Also, if you are setting margins on a file that already has text in it, make sure “Whole document” is selected in the “Apply to:” dialog box. When you have typed in your headers and footers, print out a page and use a ruler to be sure all four margins are where you thought they’d be. If it is not, repeat this process changing the settings that are not the right size. Different versions of word, as well as printers and fonts will impact your best settings.

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.

May 2008, V7#5: Computer Saturday, Jan 3 2009 

In a MS Word file, how do I tell where in the document my cursor is at?

In Microsoft word, look in the lower left – in the gray areas above the “start” button.

Right above the “start” button it shows you what page your cursor is on.
Moving right, it shows what section you are in. If all goes right, you should always be in section 1.
The third notation (working left to right) on that line shows you again what page your cursor is on, then a forward slash and the number of pages in the file. You should see a dotted line 4 text lines from the bottom of the screen (above the red line). This demarks the page break in this type of page view.

March 2008, V7#3: Computer Tuesday, Dec 30 2008 

In MS Word, some files look different “on the page” in the computer. What causes this?

It’s called page view. Yes, you can set your program to show you the pages in different ways. It’s easy once you know how. Look down the screen to near the start button – where there are several “lines” of gray “stuff” before you see the bottom edge of the document. At the top left of all of this gray are 4 buttons before the side-to-side scroll bar starts. The page view with the dotted line to show page break is called “normal” and it is that far left button (depressed) – the arrow below is pointing to these buttons:

To see how the other 3 views work, position a file where you can see the page break and just left click each button in turn. Besides normal view, I sometimes like print view which is the third button from the left, as it shows me virtual sheets of paper with the correct margins and page number too. – CAC

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