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When Spell Check Doesn't Work in Microsoft Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

When Spell Check Doesn't Work in Microsoft Word

Every now and then, I'm working on a document and notice a typo that Word hasn't flagged. What's more, if I run a spell check on the document, Word tells me that the document is error-free. Now I'm talking about a blatant spelling error like: goiing. I've verified that the Word's spell check works fine in other documents - just not in the particular document that I'm working on. This has happened to me quite a few times until I finally figured out the solution: the culprit was the Proofing Language Preferences. If this happens to you, follow the instructions...

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How Turn Off Automatic Formatting in Microsoft Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

How Turn Off Automatic Formatting in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word takes care of a lot of formatting for you by default. It will automatically fix two capital letters at the beginning of sentences, create a numbered list whenever you start a line with a number, create automatic bulleted lists, change the size of some of your fractions, and more. This is one of the questions that I get most from people: "How do I make Word stop doing that? How do I get it to stop changing things without me telling it to?" Most of these "helper" features are found under Word Options in the AutoCorrect Options window....

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Prevent Microsoft Word from Breaking Up a Paragraph

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

Prevent Microsoft Word from Breaking Up a Paragraph

By default, Microsoft Word will insert a page break whenever you reach the end of the page. This means that often, an automatic page break is inserted within a paragraph and the remaining portion of a paragraph continues on the next page. This may not always be what you want. For instance, you might have a border surrounding a short paragraph so that it stands out from the other paragraphs in your document. A page break in the middle of a bordered paragraph would appear unsightly. Luckily, you prevent Word from inserting page breaks within a paragraph by using the...

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Using Paste Options in Microsoft Word

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Using Paste Options in Microsoft Word

When pasting text from the Clipboard from one area of a document to another or to another document, the results may not always be what you expect. This is especially true if the destination paragraph contains different formatting or a different style than the source paragraph. Word provides Paste Options, which allow you to control the formatting of the destination text. The options available will vary, depending on the type of content you are copying and pasting. Options typically include Keep Source Formatting (retains the formatting from the original copy location), Merge Formatting (adjusts formatting to match the destination location)...

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Enable Precise Selection in Word and PowerPoint

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

Enable Precise Selection in Word and PowerPoint

When selecting text in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, you may have noticed that once you select a word and continue dragging, the next word is automatically selected. In other words, Word or PowerPoint extends the selection by a word at a time rather than beginning or ending precisely where you drag. For many people, this is just a minor annoyance, while others find it irritating. Luckily, you can turn off this "feature" from Word Options. Quick Guide: To Enable Precise Select Click the File tab on the Ribbon to display Backstage view. Click Options in the left pane. In the...

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