Word 2010: The milder, slightly better-behaved younger sister of Word 2007. Still can't find anything. Just have to put up with it. But it is better than 2007. Really.
Overview of how to control bullets in Microsoft Word.
In Word 2007 and Word 2010, you can control bullets by creating a list style, and then attaching the 5 built-in List Bullet paragraph styles to the list style. This page explains how to create your list style, how to attach the built-in List Bullet paragraph styles, and how to use them to get reliable bullets that you can control.
For graphic designers: what kind of image is required for use as a custom image when customizing the Ribbon in Microsoft Word 2007 and Word 2010?
Word 2007 and Word 2010 have a 'Design mode' button for editing content controls. .FormsDesign and .ToggleFormsDesign detect or toggle Design mode.
The FileViewDigitalSignatures command in Word is broken. But you can work around this by creating a custom button on the ribbon to display the Signatures task pane directly.
Word's object model provides a COMAddIns collection of COMAddIn objects. In theory, the .Connect property of a COMAddIn object should tell you whether the add-in is connected and/or allow you to load it. In practice, not so.
It's common to feel that you need to cycle through all the pages in a Word document and perform some processing on each page. This article discusses why it's not possible for developers to refer to a printed page using the Word object model, and some workarounds.
A list of tools, add-ins, websites and books for Word developers. Most apply whether you are using VBA, .NET or other languages to access the Word object model.
In Word 2010, Smart Tags are re-named as Actions, and are deprecated. The user can still turn on the recognition of Actions but we can no longer read or write the corresponding option in the object model. This article proposeds a workaround.
What borders are available for which style types? How can I format line style, weight and colour of borders?
How to format hyperlinks in a Microsoft Word document to remove the underline, or change the colour (or the color!).
When you create a hyperlink in Microsoft Word, you can't have different colours for text and underline. It's a bug. Here's one (poor) workaround.
Does your watermark in Word look fine on screen, but print as "D AFT" instead of "DRAFT"? Or "CON IDE TI L"? This article explains how to avoid watermarks losing some letters when they print.
Word has no built-in mechanism to create glossaries. This article describes several methods for creating a glossary using Word's built-in features.
Word has two ways to position an image: floating and inline. Most problems with images occur because the image is floating when it should be in line. This article explains how to identify whether an image is floating or inline, and how to format your image as floating or inline.
How to get the page breaks you want in a Microsoft Word document---and how to avoid page breaks where you don't want them.
How to control page borders (which are actually section borders).
4 ways to get free information about how to use Word.
The CompleteWordCount add‑in allows you to see a full word count for the different areas of your document.
Start up Microsoft Word. Compare these pictures to Word running on your computer to find out what version of Word you have.
Get to know the new Ribbon in Microsoft Word 2007 and Word 2010. Info on how it works, what's new, and what to look out for.
Two easy steps to creating a table of contents in a Microsoft Word document. Plus: how to customize your table of contents so it looks just as you want. And, 10 tips about Word tables of contents.
How to set up numbered headings or outline numbering in Word.
How to set up heading numbering in Word 2007 and Word 2010
The Document Map shows an overview of your Word document. It lets you navigate rapidly. It's most useful when you're working on a big document. Here's how.
16 reasons to use Word's built-in heading styles. Word's built-in heading styles have "magic" properties that you can't recreate in custom styles.
Even if you don't create many Word documents, you may edit documents your team members have created. 6 tips on how to edit a document someone else prepared.
Students in universities and colleges sometimes submit assignments, research papers and essays as a Microsoft Word document. This page provides some hints for how to do this most effectively.
Microsoft Word does not control how a Word document displays in Internet Explorer. It's a Windows thing. Use the File Types command within Windows to control how a Word document displays in Internet Explorer.
There are four steps to tracking changes: 1. Tell Word to track changes. 2. Tell Word to display Tracked Changes. 3. Tell Word how to display Tracked Changes. 4. Tell Word to accept or reject the changes This page explains how.
Examples of businesses and governments that published documents containing tracked changes that they didn't want to be public!
Myths, urban legends, misunderstandings and confusion reign. Don't save your document if the 'Automatically update document styles' box in the Templates and Add-Ins dialog is ticked. If that box is not ticked then Word will not mess up your formatting if you send your document to someone else.
For developers: How to prevent a whole table, or just one or more rows, from breaking across a page. The Microsoft Word object model has 4 ways to manage, or prevent, tables from breaking across a page. Some of them work.
How to control borders in Character and Paragraph styles. Includes bugs, annoyances and limitations.
What borders are available for table styles, how to control them, and how to avoid the bugs and inconsistencies in the Word object model.
A Word style can be based on another style. A style inherits the format of its parent. This gives you powerful control over the format of your document.
15 ways to apply a style using the mouse or the keyboard in Microsoft Word.
In the user interface, it is obvious if a paragraph style has a frame. It's not so obvious in the Word object model. There is no built-in method to determine whether a style has a Frame. This article identifies one possible way around this problem.
Customize the Quick Access Toolbar to display the Styles combo box. It shows what style has been applied to the selected text as you move around your document.
For developers: how to set the background colour in a table style using the Microsoft Word object model. There are 7 ways to set shading (ie background or foreground colour) on elements of a table style in Microsoft Word. Most don't work. This article describes what does seem to work, and identifies the bugs and annoyances in setting shading in table styles.
For managers: Word formats everything with styles. Controlling the format of Word documents using styles increases both productivity and consistency.
Using styles in Microsoft Word is the best way to create consistent, well-formatted documents. In Word, a style is a collection of formatting instructions. Typically, a style is associated with a structural element of the document. For example: Title, Caption, Body Text, Footnote.
If you apply a style to a paragraph, and less than half the text in the paragraph has direct formatting, then Word retains the direct formatting. If you apply a style to a paragraph, and more than half the text in the paragraph has direct formatting, then the style overrides the direct formatting.
In a Microsoft Word template for a business report we often need a front cover with a big image and text overlaying the image. How to do it and traps to avoid.
If you save a Word document as a template, your template will start life with all the accumulated baggage and garbage that the document had acquired. Here is how to create a pristine, clean, new Word template in Word 2007 or Word 2010.
For graphic designers: about the best size and format to supply front and back cover images to be used in a Word template.
You can attach a new template to a document. But when you do so, you might not get the results you expect. This article explains what happens when you attach a template to a document, and how to achieve what you may think should have happened.
Describes how a document is based on a template, what effect the template has when a new document is created, and what role the template plays when a document is being edited.