Category Archives: Microsoft Word

Word’s “Backward P” and why it’s useful

Looking at formatting in Word In last month’s Word Tips, I mentioned the “Show/Hide button” or Pilcrow (or “backward P”) & how it can be used to reveal the various formatting features that have been used in a Word document, so here we go… First of all, a reminder of where to find it… it’s […]

Section Breaks in Word

Using Section Breaks to split up your document I had a call from a client last week who needed his Word document to have both Portrait and Landscape pages within the same document as, in addition to narrative information, he had to include some large tables of data, so we needed to use Section Breaks […]

Using Wildcards in Word Find and Replace

Wildcards to extend the Find & Replace options Last month, you’ll recall, I took you through the process of using Find & Replace to help complete a sorting process within a document (as a reminder… http://www.us4b.co.uk/2018/08/sorting-in-word/) In addition to the basic options, we can use Wildcards to represent certain characters within our search to quickly […]

Sorting in Word

What do you mean, Sorting in Word – that’s Excel, surely? Normally, I’d agree with you – we use Excel for “Number crunching”, working with lists, etc and we use Word for writing articles or letters – or even Blog posts – but occasionally, it can be very useful to take advantage of the ability […]

Table of Contents in Word

When do you need a Table of Contents? In my view, it doesn’t really make sense to go to the trouble of creating a Table of Contents (easy though the process is) until you’ve a document that’s a few pages long that incorporates a number of headings. Even multi page letters would probably look a […]

Styles in Word

What are Styles in Word? At their most basic, Styles in Word are a quick way of applying a number of formats to a font in one go. By applying a Style to a block of text, you can, at a single click, change it from the default “Calibri 11” to Arial, Size 16, Bold, […]

Customising Word’s Themes to match corporate colours

What are Themes? When using Word, whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re using a Theme – usually the Office default one. This decides what the basic fonts & colours will be and, used with Styles (which will be the subject of our next Word tip), can enable you to create a Word Template […]

Accents in word

Black country or French accents? No, I’m not referring to the mellifluous tones of my Black Country accents, here, but the little marks above letters (usually in foreign languages, but occasionally in English, too when we’ve appropriated a word – such as “Neé” to indicate a lady’s unmarried name). When I’m not helping people become […]

Building Blocks in Word

I suspect that we all have some “standard” phrases or paragraphs of text that we regularly reuse; perhaps hunting down the exact set of words that we want to use from a previous document and then copying & pasting into our current one. Wouldn’t it be easier if there was a quicker way to do […]

Use AutoCorrect in Word to increase accuracy and speed

How to speed up your typing with Word’s AutoCorrect feature AutoCorrect can not only speed up your typing by allowing you to create shortcuts, it can also help prevent regular spelling errors that you make. If you find yourself typing long words again and again, you should consider setting up typing shortcuts, so you only […]