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5 Cool Tips for Office Word 2010 and Office 365

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5 Cool Tips for Office Word 2010 and Office 365

Here are five cool tips for Office 2010/365. I tested all of them and think they’re pretty neat. Be sure to check them out! Tip 1: Change the line spacing The default line spacing setting in Word 2010 is 1.15, not 1, as it was in 2003. Microsoft believes 1.15 is more readable online. For Word documents however most people prefer a spacing of 1. You can adjust the style(s) you use in Word’s template (Normal.dotx), as follows: Click the Home tab. Right-click Normal in the Styles Quick gallery and choose Modify. Choose Paragraph from the Format list. In the Spacing section, change the At setting from 1.15 to 1. Check the New Documents Based On This Template option. Tip 2: Disable the mini toolbar When you select text, Word displays the mini toolbar, which has several formatting options. The mini toolbar popping up when you don’t want it annoys many users. You can press ‘Esc’ to hide it or you can just disable it, as follows: Click the File button and then click Word Options. Choose General in the left pane (if necessary). In the User Interface Options section, uncheck the Show Mini Toolbar On Selection option Tip 3: Make vertical text selections Usually, we select text horizontally — a word, a series of words, a paragraph — from left to right or vice versa. But sometimes the selection has to be vertical: from top to bottom. To make a vertical selection, hold down ‘Alt’ as you drag down through the text you want to highlight. Hit ‘Del’ and the selected text is gone. Tip 4: Cool instant lines and borders Word offers a nice  option that lets you insert a border automatically. Type three hyphens (___) on a blank line, press ‘Enter’ and  Voila!:  a border line is shown. If you like the automatic border feature, here’s a bonus tip: In addition to typing three hyphens to apply a bottom border (3/4-point), you can trigger different border styles. Typing: Three tilde characters (~) will create a wavy line. Three underscore characters (_) will create a 1.5-point line. Three asterisks (*) will create a dotted line. Three equal signs (=) will create a double line. Three pound signs (#) will produce a “thin thick thin” line. Tip 5: Go back to your last editing location when you open a document When you reopen a document in Word you’ve been working on, it puts you back at the top of the document.  You can work around this if you press ‘Shift  F5’ as soon as the document opens. ‘Shift  F5’  cycles you between your four most recent edits during a Word session. But if you can remember to hit it immediately after opening a document, Word will jump to the last thing you changed before saving and closing that doc.   Did you like these tips? Do you have cool tips of your own you would like to share? Post them in the box below and make our readers...

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