Want to become a Word wizard? Here are my quick tips to improve your productivity with Microsoft Word.
Find Your Way Home
Note: For the Navigation Pane to work, apply Heading Styles to your content.
Word 2013 has a new bookmarking feature. This feature makes it really easy to carry on where you left off by reminding you of exactly where you were in the document when you last edited. When it’s time to go back and continue working on a document, you can open it and see the bookmark appear on the right of the screen, welcoming you back and prompting you to pick up where you left off.
Clicking the bookmark takes you back to the page you were on so you can continue. Of course you can always ignore the prompt if you’re happy to stay at the start of the document.
Come To The Table
Once you’ve created a table with ONE ROW, start typing your content, using Tab to move from cell to cell. In the last cell, press Tab once more and a new row is added. Keep going like this and use the down arrow when you are ready to move out of the table.
Jean Paul Sartre said, “Hell is other people”, or maybe he didn’t. Either way, I think he should have said, “Hell is other people’s Word documents”! We have all received documents cut and pasted from multiple sources, with little or no consistency of formatting, fonts all over the place and… well, you get the idea.
This is a nice little trick I use to quickly remove all formatting from a document so I can reformat it and clean it up. I call it my Jurassic Word trick because I’ve been using it since Version 1.0 (showing my age now).
First select all the text (or the entire document) you wish to clean. Then use Ctrl+Q to remove all manual paragraph formatting, such as indentation and alignment, and Ctrl+Space Bar to remove all manual character formatting such as bold and italics.
Note: You can of course use the Clear Formatting button in the Font group, but that also removes content formatted using styles, and that’s usually what I want to keep.
Let’s Stick Together
I hope you find these tips useful in working faster, better and smarter in Microsoft Word.