Besides Firefox, my most valued piece of software at work is Microsoft Word 2007. While I still hear of naysayers who haven’t embraced the ribbon (it’s been 4 years people…), I think Office 2007 nailed the interface and functionality of a heavy-duty word processor.
Heavy-duty is the key word here. If you just need to type a quick note, or want to avoid distractions while writing your novel, MS Word may not be for you. But for complex, business-class documents, Word offers features the power user cannot live without.
Sadly, I’ve discovered many Word users access about 2% of the program, and miss out on some killer functionality. It’s time to optimize your efforts by learning a few quick Word features that will save you hours of time down the road.
I’ve put together four tips to help get you on your way:
Word styles allow you to separate text formatting from content, similar to the way CSS separates the style from the content of HTML.
Say you’re writing a report with 10 sections and each section begins with a title. You decide to bold these titles by highlighting the text, then selecting the Bold button. You do this ten times, once for each title. Later, you decide your titles should be bold and underlined. Now you must manually highlight each of the 10 titles, and apply the underline formatting.
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