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TECH TIPS: Top 10 Word Tips
Here’s some of my favorite “little known” Microsoft Word tips. I haven’t tried all these tips on every version of Word (95, 97, 2000, 2002 (XP), 2003), but they should work in most versions.
Capitalize (or un-capitalize) words: To
capitalize or make words small case, click on a word and press SHIFT-F3 three
times. You will toggle through All Caps, Small Letters or Title Case. You can
also select (highlight by holding down the mouse and dragging over) a
group of words and pressing SHIFT-F3 (the F keys are located at the top of the
keyboard). Very cool!
Change the font size quickly: Select
(highlight) the text you want to increase the font size for. Hold down the CTRL
and SHIFT keys together and tap the > key (greater than). Keep tapping
it and the font keeps getting bigger. Tap the < key to decrease the font size.
Print just a part of a document.
Select (highlight) a group of words or paragraphs. Click on File and
Print (or press CTRL-P). In the
Use a non-breaking space: If you want to
keep 2 or more words on the same line (like a persons complete name – like
George Herbert Walker Bush) without it being broken on 2 lines, type the
first word, then hold down the CTRL and Shift keys together and press the SPACE
BAR. Do the same for the other words. This will insure that the words stay on
the same line and won't get "word wrapped."
Think you’ll ever use this one?
Double-click and Type:
Did you know that you can double-click anywhere on a page and start typing?
When you double click anywhere in a document - on the left margin, in the
middle, on the right margin – anywhere, the cursor is inserted. You can start
typing at that point.
New Line command (sometimes called Soft Break):
When using numbers or bullets, if you press SHIFT-Enter, you will insert a new
line without adding a number of bullet. Then press Enter to add a new line or
bullet. Try it – neat!
Cents and Accent Marks: Add a cents
symbol (˘) by pressing CTRL-/ (slash) and then pressing the c key. Add an
accent to letter (vowels only and the letter y) by pressing CTRL-’
(apostrophe) and then pressing the letter you want the accent above (examples:
á, é). Wow!
Start typing on the next page: When
you are typing on a page in your document and you want to type on the next page
(a new page in the same document), just press CTRL-Enter – presto, you are on
the next page! A handy
Save or Close all your
Word documents at the same time: Anyone ever work on more than one Word
document at a time? You can Save or Close all your documents at once by holding
down the SHIFT key and clicking the File menu. You will see the options – Save
All and Close All. Click on an option to Save or Close all your open Word files
– pretty cool!
10. Add a smiley face: Hold down the SHIFT KEY, then press : (colon), then press) (close parenthesis). This is what you get: J Try this with the ( key (open parenthesis) instead – what happens??? OK – so this tip's a little frivolous – try it anyway
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