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MS Word

Learn some new tips and tricks for getting the most out of Microsoft Word´s document creation process.

5 Unique Techniques for Word star
All of us strive to work more effeciently in creating our documents in Word. Here are 5 techniques that can help you work smarter.

Add Lines, Arrows, or Shapes in MS Word star
Want to add lines, arrows, or shapes to your Word document? Here is a quick primer on how to do it.

Advanced Formatting – Borders and Shading (Word) star
Even if you don’t have access to a desk top publishing software package, you can use MS Word in creative ways to achieve a professional document layout. This article will introduce you to some advanced formatting techniques using Borders and Shading

Aligning and Spacing Text in Word 2007 star
Using Word to create your documents can be a wonderful experience or a very frustrating one depending on how much of Word's functions you know. Learning the ins & outs of paragraph alignment & spacing can not only help relieve your frustration, but also turn a sloppy document into a nice neat one!

Automatic Table of Contents in Word 2007 star
Instead of going through your manuscript page by page and recording the titles and page numbers, create your table of contents by using Word 7's automatic table of contents function.

Borders and Shading Using MS Word 2007 star
Borders and shading tools can be used to enhance or spice up your document, whether it be a business proposal that could use a little beautifying or a party invitation that needs to look like it is going to be lots of fun! With the options available you can do both plus a lot more!

Brochure Templates in Word 2007 star
If you are having one of those days when the design juices just aren't flowing, check out some of the templates that come with Word. For this article I decided to explore the brochure templates offered with Word. I chose "Brochure-Trendy Eclectic design".

Clip Art Books from Dover Publications star
Whether you are desktop publishing a newsletter, a book, menu or anything else, images are important! Dover Publications have been publishing copyright-free images both in books and on CDs now too.

Common Keyboard Shortcuts for Word star
Using Keyboard shortcuts can help you be more efficient and get things done more quickly.

Convert Table to Text – MS Word star
Practice converting an existing table to text in MS Word

Convert Text to Table – MS Word star
Practice using Word´s Text to Table feature.

Creating a Family Calendar Using Word star
Creating a calendar using Microsoft Word's Calendar Wizard is pretty easy to make and customize. You can add holidays, birthdays, photographs, clip art, change colors and fonts and create a unique calendar for family members, friends, or as a business promotion for your clients.

Creating a Table Out of Tabbed Text star
You started your document with a list of data in tabbed format and now realize that you need the structure a table can provide. Stop, don´t retype the info. Convert it to a table. Here´s how.

Creating Calendar Bookmarks with MS Word star
Calendar bookmarks are a great gift for clients, family and friends. You can include your own message on the bookmark, keeping your name and info in front of your clients all year round. Everyone can use a calendar & everyone can use a bookmark.

Creating Decorative Bullets in Word 2007 star
Instead of the usual round black bullet point, how about a different shape, or color, or dingbat or picture, to make your bullet list stand out and draw more attention to it? In Word 7 you can do this very easily.

Creating Gift Tags Using Word star
Using one of the business card templates that come with Word you can create personalized gift tags for your holiday gifts.

Creating Multiple Columns in Word 2007 star
As a professional desktop publisher I have always used professional layout and design software for creating my documents -- especially with columns. Setting up and formatting columns in Word 7 is flexible and easy to do, that I just may use it for my next project that requires columns!

Creating Recipe Cards with Word star
Using MS Word and Avery Postcard blanks (#3263), makes quick work of creating recipe cards for yourself and for gift giving.

Creating Watermarks Using Word 2007 star
You can spice up an invitation or menu with a custom watermarked image in the background or get serious and mark all the pages in your document with confidential or do not copy very easily using Word's watermark feature.

Cutting Business Cards without Perforated Paper star
Learn how to measure and cut your own business cards, freeing you to use any card stock you wish and not be limited by the stock choices that come already perforated.

Designing Business Card star
Discusses the importance of a well designed business card

Designing Letterhead or Stationary using MS Word star
Create personal stationary or design your business letterhead with these simple techniques

Easy Coloring Books to Create Using Word star
Okay, it really does not get any easier than this. You can create coloring books using templates provided in Word, or by searching the internet. Lots of free coloring books and pages are available. Some are for adults too!

Headers & Footers in Word 2007 star
Adding headers, footers and page numbers to your Word document is easy to do, although there are so many options and ways to customize by changing fonts, styles, graphic elements and adding images that it might just take a few extra minutes or so.

HP Creative Studio Templates star
Sometimes you may find yourself with a project at hand and have no idea where to start. HP Creative Studio offers a selection of templates that are free to download to use for many types of business marketing materials. Templates are also available for use with multiple software packages.

Inserting Tables in Word 2007 star
Tables are a great tool to use to organize, sort and display data such as mailing lists, inventories, research materials, schedules and calendars. This article covers the many options for inserting a table into Word.

Merging Letters in Word 2007 star
Mail merges in Word is definitely a topic that I would have normally shied away from. However, sometimes my clients want me to do things that I end up doing. And in so doing, have discovered that it is not all that hard to do after all.

MS Word – Suppressing the Startup Splash Screen star
If you want to rid yourself of the startup splash screen, here is what you need to do. This technique only works for Word 2000 SR-1/SR-1A and Word XP. I would be remiss if I did not warn you that this command switch doesn´t work with other MS Office products.

MS Word Document View star
Various ways to view your document while in edit mode. Use these technique's to gain better control of your finished document.

MS Word General Options star
Here is a review of the General options offered in the MS Office Word program.

MS Word Unique Techniques - Formatting star
Using MS Word Formatting techniques can turn your ordinary document into an outstanding impactful statement.

Office Button Functions in Word 2007 star
The Office Button allows you to do more than Open, Save, Print and Close. You can post directly to your blog, add a password for security, email as an attachment or secure a frequently used document to the recent list with a pushpin!

Password Protect Your Document On Open star
Learn how you can keep others from viewing your work with a password protection option.

Professional Business Cards star
Your business image is critical to its success but you don´t have to spend hundreds of dollars to have your business cards printed. You can design and print your own.

Reading Layout View star
Understanding MS Word´s reading layout.

Section Breaks – MS Word star
Need to change the layout of your document in the middle? Learn how to use section breaks to accomplish varying layout choices throughout your document.

Setting Up a Report Cover (Word) star
Learn how to use Word sections to create a professional cover for your report.

Sort a List Practice Set (MS Word) star
Here is a practice set for you to try the sort feature in Word.

Sort Dialog Box (MS Word) star
A discussion of the features found in the Sort Dialog Box

Using Drop Caps in MS Word 2007 star
Drop caps are a great way to add a visual graphic element to your published page -- whether it be the first line of a chapter paragraph or a newsletter article. Using drop caps in Word is pretty easy to do!

Using Picture Tools in MS Word 2007 star
So what if you don't have expensive graphic software? If you have MS Word 2007 you can insert your image or use one from the MS clip art collection and have fun manipulating it using Word's Picture Tools.

Using Tabbed Text in MS Word star
Learn how to set and use custom tab stops in Word.

Using Tabs in MS Word star
Setting up and using tabs in your document will keep indents, columns and numbers in their places even if you change your font, format or import your text to a desktop publishing program.

Using Word 2007 Clipboard Commands star
There are a lot of people who use Word. But how many people actually know how to use all the functions that Word has to offer? Even if you are a seasoned user of word processing software, as I am, with software constantly being updated, there are always new things to learn.

Using Word 2007 Font Options star
Word 7 has lots of ways to enhance text in your documents. We all know about boldface, italics and underscore, and maybe have ventured and added color to our text. But have you explored some of the other options such as scaling, adding a drop shadow or embossing your text?

Using Word Count Feature – MS Word star
MS Word´s word count feature is useful for staying within your project´s strict requirements for the number or words, paragraphs or lines

Using Writing and Research Aides star
Enhancing and editing your writing is easier than ever before. With so much available at your fingertips today with word processing programs that have spelling and grammar checks and the internet for researching, there is no need to buy a set of encyclopedias any more.

Utilizing Table Styles in Word 2007 star
Boring tables are a thing of the past! Using Word's table tools and styles allows you to choose from many available styles, modify any of those styles to your liking, or create your own table style from scratch.

Watermarks and Backgrounds (MS Word) star
All about using Watermarks and Backgrounds in your Word Document

Word Page Set Up Command star
A review of the options for setting up the page specifications of a Word document.

Writing Reports, Manuals, Manuscripts and Scholarly Papers star
A look at features available in MS Word that can help you manage long documents.

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