In Word (all versions), the F8 is one handy little key:
- pressed twice, it selects the word around (or touching) the cursor
- pressed three times it selects the whole sentence the cursor is sitting in
- pressed four times it selects the whole paragraph the cursor is sitting in
- pressed five times, it selects the whole document.
- Select odd amounts: position the cursor where you wish to begin, press F8 and then use the cursors to extend the selection.
- To escape from selecting selecting mode, press the Esc key.
The highlighter tool in Microsoft Word works as a Stabilo Boss highlighter might work on paper…it highlights stuff.
You activate it by clicking the tool and then dragging over areas you wish to highlight in a document.
If you don’t want to remove it but have occasion to hide the highlight (for example when printing the document), here is how to do it:
- To either view or hide the highlighting we need to go to the Options dialog box by clicking Office Button inV2007 or the File tab, Options for V2010.
- Select the Display category.
- Uncheck the “Show highlighter marks” choice (and if it was off this would turn it on).
- This one option controls both the screen and printing simultaneously so don’t worry about which one is affected by your choice… the answer is both.
- Click OK. The highlighting is hidden but still exists. You repeat the steps to view it again.
Barb recently came across the problem with a user who wanted to merge an Excel file with a Word document in order to do a mail merge. The problem they found was that if you merge direct from Excel, date and currency formatting that you have applied in Excel is completely ignored by Word, e.g.
- If you have formatted your date to show as 3 Oct 2011 in Excel, Word converts it show as 10/3/11.
- If you have formatted currency to show as $3.50, Word converts is to show as 3.5
The only way to keep your formatting is to copy the data into a Word document and when pasted your date and currency formatting is retained but as they notes are quite comprehensive, we offer them here as a pdf download: Merging Excel with Word.
Someone just tweeted and asked me how to travel backwards a certain number of lines in a Word document . I must admit I’ve never had the need to do this, but I did a quick check and this is how:
- Press F5 or use your preferred method to open the Search and Replace dialog box.
- Click on Line in the left.
- Under Enter line number, type ‘-‘ minus if you want to go backwards a certain number of lines or ‘+’ if you want to go forward a certain number of lines, and then fill in how many lines this is to be. In the example below I want to go forward 5 lines at a time. Click the Go To button as many times as you wish to move up/down and you are on your way!
I’ve just been over on the Tech Republic website, where I read about this completely convoluted way of omitting text from spellcheck for selected parts of the document (for anyone that is interested in mucking around changing attributes of styles, here is the link so you can torture yourself over at TechRepublic).
I would just do it this way for Word 2007 & 2010
- Select the text
- Click the Review tab
- Click the Set Languages button over on the left of the ribbon.
- In the dialogue box that opens, check the box for ‘Do not check spelling or grammar’, and then click OK.
That’s it – now when you run a spellcheck, this area is omitted (a good idea when using technical terms or jargon that spellcheck will not automatically recognise).
- First you’ll need to place your cursor in the paragraph that is to have the Drop Cap.
- Click the Insert tab of the Ribbon.
- Here you need to locate the Drop Cap button. Click it to choose a quick Drop Cap style.
- Choose Dropped to put the letter in the paragraph as I did in the example above, or have Word place it in the left margin.
- Choosing one of these two preset options will create the Drop Cap with the default setting and the same font as the rest of the paragraph.
If you’d like to change the font for the Drop Cap, or adjust how far it sits from the text, you’ll want to choose Drop Cap Options from the bottom of the list.
When the dialog box opens, you’ll find that it’s small, simple and self-explanatory.
At the top you can change the type of Drop Cap to use.
In the bottom section you’ll find settings for the font and Below that, you can decide how many lines it should sit next to. The more lines – the deeper and bigger the Drop Cap will be.
The last option is the distance the character should be placed from the rest of the text. It is set to zero by default but if that feels too cramped set it just a bit bigger, say 0.1 – not a huge change but enough that it mght be more legible. You will need to play with this one to decide what setting you prefer.