Use “Quick Parts” in Word to re-use pieces of text

You can save pre-defined pieces of text for re-use in different Word documents In my last blog post, I described how you can use “autocorrect” in Word to correct your oft-repeated spelling mistakes automatically, and also to replace several words with just a few keystrokes. There is a similar option called “Quick Parts” for more …
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Using passwords for multiple accounts

Here he goes again, banging on about passwords Yes, I know, but here’s a statistic that I find a bit shocking, so I think it’s worth returning to the subject. According to recent research, FICO claims that over 25% of people in the UK use five or fewer passwords across all their accounts. I don’t …
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Create lists easily in Word

Some casual users find creating lists in Word difficult Over many years of training users in Word (from basic to intermediate levels), I have noticed two things about creating lists: Users often find list creation complicated and confusing Most of the time, they only need to create simple lists So, let’s forget all the complicated …
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Create your own simple Password Manager

All you need is Word or Excel (other word processing and spreadsheet programs are available!) In my last blog post, I found another reason for not re-using passwords. However, the problem a lot of my IT support clients complain of is that they just can’t keep track of multiple passwords and that that is a …
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Word – Changing Options

We can exercise a (tiny) bit of control over Microsoft programs! Individual programs in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote) have their own set of “Options” that can be used to help you to use the programs in the way that you want. Here is a guide as to how …
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Formatting Word Documents – The Easy Way

When I’m training clients on the basics of Microsoft’s Word program, there is an aspect of how it works that I try quite hard to get across It has been consistent over many years and versions, but, if you don’t get a clear grasp of what’s going on, life with Microsoft Word can be a …
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Who needs Word?

Who needs Word? For many situations, opening up Microsoft Word and creating a document can be like wielding a sledgehammer to crack a walnut. Word seems to get more and more complicated with every iteration of Microsoft Office. I’ve delivered a lot of computer training over the years to people who just feel overwhelmed by …
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Office Document Compatibility

If you have an older version of Microsoft Office (Office 2003, Office XP, Office 2000), or just an individual component of one of those packages (eg Word or Excel), then you may have difficulty reading documents created by newer versions (Office 2007 and Office 2010). To put the boot on the other foot, you may …
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