Category Archives: Microsoft Word

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 […]

The Curse of the cAPS lOCK key

The curse of the cAPS lOCK key and how to solve it OK, so admit it… we’ve all done it… started typing with the CAPS LOCK key on & only noticing that after a paragraph or two we’ve typed… vIDEO PROVIDES A POWERFUL WAY TO HELP YOU PROVE YOUR POINT. wHEN YOU CLICK oNLINE vIDEO, […]

Removing Leading & Trailing spaces in Word

How to remove leading and trailing spaces in Microsoft Word Leading & trailing spaces Sometimes (either because we’ve copied the text from elsewhere or we’ve used the spacebar when we didn’t mean to) we can generate a lot of extra spaces both at the start and end of paragraphs. This can make your document look […]