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Where's My Cheese?

Monday December 31, 2012

It seems that when I tested out Word 2013, nothing seemed the same. The colors where different, some button names had changed, and even my Ribbon was different! As much as I like change, relearning to use software is not my favorite thing! To help you along, I am working on writing Microsoft Word 2013 directions for everyday word processing tasks so you don't have to face this change alone!

Make sure and read 4 Ways to Insert Tables in Microsoft Word 2013, Word Count in Word 2013, How to Create a Page Border in Word 2013, Insert Images and Clip Art in Word 2013, and How to Wrap Text Around Images in Word 2013.

I Wish I Had Patented My Idea!

Thursday December 13, 2012

There is a little trick that I have been using for almost 2 decades now. I use it to make sure that my items are aligned perfectly in my documents (or presentations, publications, and even web sites). See, I am a stickler for having my images and graphics aligned just perfectly and I have wasted hours and hours trying to get things right.

My work around, instead of just guessing, was to draw a line using Shapes. I would hold down my Shift key to make sure my line was straight, and then I would nudge my objects so that they were touching the line.

Well, after previewing Microsoft Office 2013, I found out they stole my idea! Ok, maybe stealing is a harsh accusation - but there is my idea! My line! And I didn't even have to draw it. Things just snap right to it. It is called an Alignment Guide. Where, oh where have you been all my life?

Make sure to read my review of Word 2013 and share what your favorite new thing is!

How About Sending Out a Personal Touch This Holiday?

Sunday December 9, 2012

Are you thinking about sending an update to all of your family and friends? Maybe you want to send something a bit more personal then a Facebook post, a Tweet, or even an Instagram picture. Try sending a family newsletter with your cards and gifts this year. It only costs you a stamp, a few sheets of paper, a little printer ink, and the gift of your time! Read: How to Add Columns How to Add Images How to Add a Page Border

Bookmarks Aren't Just For Books!

Friday November 30, 2012

When I think of bookmarks, I usually think of slips of paper that I use to mark my spot in a book. Well, word processing bookmarks do the same thing as those little slips of paper. They are electronic bookmarks that hold your place in the document! Read all about inserting bookmarks in both Microsoft Word and in WordPerfect.

Footnotes and Endnotes in WordPerfect

Thursday November 29, 2012

It seems like there is a large number of you who love WordPerfect! Based on a reader question, I decided to write about Footnotes and Endotes in WordPerfect. You can also read about adding Footnotes and Endnotes in Microsoft Word!

What other programs do you want to learn about? You can send me an email or ask in my forum and I will make sure to write about it!

Try Inserting Text Boxes!

Tuesday November 27, 2012

Sometimes, when we are trying to format documents, we can try everything under the sun to get our text positioned just so! Or maybe that is just me? I always seem to forget about text boxes. They are easy to insert, and with Microsoft Word's built in text box styles, you can use them with almost no work! Or, if you want more control, try creating your own text box from scratch. To learn how, follow the steps in How to Insert a Text Box.

Did You Know About...Line Numbers in Word Perfect?

Monday November 19, 2012

About a month ago, I wrote an article about Line Numbers in Microsoft Word. I love Line Numbers, especially when I need to collaborate on a document. However, one of you, the readers, asked "What happened to this feature in Word Perfect?" I am here to tell you, it did not go away, it just moved! Make sure to read How to Add Line Numbers in Word Perfect to see how it is done!

Not a Word Perfect user? Read about Line Numbers in Microsoft Word, or, better yet, drop me a line and let me know what program you want to see line numbers in!


Resize Versus Crop

Tuesday November 13, 2012

So, maybe you have a picture or a piece of Clip Art in your document and you are trying to decide if you should crop it to make it fit better in your document or if you should resize it. What? I can't be the only one who has had to ask myself this to Crop or Resize?

My answer usually is BOTH! I prefer to crop out the extra space and unnecessary background. Then I shrink it down to the size I need. This lets you keep the focus on the subject of the image, no matter how small you make it.

Read How to Resize an Image or Object to learn how to resize and crop!

All About Images

Monday October 29, 2012

OK - maybe not ALL about images - how about a lot about images instead?

Everyone who works with word processing documents should know how to work with images. These can include inserting clip art to add a sense of whimsy to your documents or maybe a logo to showcase your business! And adding an image into a document isn't the end of the story. You may also need to adjust where the image is positioned in your documents or how text wraps around images!

Word Columns Are Not Torture!

Saturday October 27, 2012

As many of you know, I heart tables! And tables are a great alternative to columns; however, if you really insist that your documents needs columns, then you need to do your research! Make sure you read Everything You Need to Know About Columns to learn how to insert columns into your Microsoft Word documents. Also read How to Insert  Breaks in Microsoft Word 201o and 20o7 to learn how to control those pesky columns!

Columns don't have to be an exercise in torture! You just have to know how to use them!

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