Microsoft Word is a beloved application used by typists all over the world. The program is packed with with all kinds of features, many of which you might never come across when you're typing up a report, short story, essay, or whatever else you might be working on. To help you uncover some of the lesser-known tricks the software is capable of, we present a bunch of our current favourites. Here are 18 tricks that will turn you into a master of Microsoft Word.
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Last week, I tried to get a subscription to Microsoft Office. I expected to simply find an Office licence that included what I needed for a simple price. Instead, I discovered that Microsoft's Office licenses are infuriatingly complex, making it nearly impossible for anyone to get what they need without overspending.
Android: Today, Microsoft announced that it is expanding its Office for Android beta. Now, you can install it on any 7-10" ARM-based tablet running KitKat or higher. You don't even need an invite anymore.
Microsoft Office has so many options that often the trickiest task is working out where to find the option you need -- something the Ribbon interface doesn't entirely solve. Office Online, the free browser-based version of the suite, now incorporates a "Tell Me" feature, where you can search for what you want to do using plain English and relevant menu choices will automatically be displayed.
The free online versions of Word and Excel don't have all the features of the paid version, but they're steadily coming closer. The latest batch of updates includes improved comment support in Word and the ability to correctly open spreadsheets which include VBA code in Excel.
If you've worked with Microsoft Word much at all, you know how frustrating it can be getting formatting just the way you want it. While you can't remove all of the frustration, you can eliminate a lot of it by learning how formatting works in Word and which tools are available to help you control it.
The massive range of keyboard shortcuts (and ability to set your own) is one of the main reasons I use Microsoft Word. Here's one I hadn't previously noticed: a handy shortcut to instantly move an entire paragraph up or down.