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Microsoft 365 Word Tips and Tricks

By : Heather Ackmann, Bill Kulterman
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Microsoft 365 Word Tips and Tricks

By: Heather Ackmann, Bill Kulterman

Overview of this book

If you’re proud of yourself for finally learning how to use keyboard shortcuts and the search function, but still skip a beat when asked to generate a table of contents, then this book is for you. Written by two experts who’ve been teaching the world about Word for decades, Microsoft 365 Word Tips and Tricks is a powerhouse of demystifying advice that will take you from Word user to Word master. This book takes you on a step-by-step journey through Word essentials with plenty of practical examples. With it, you'll explore different versions of Microsoft Word, its full functionality, and understand how these versions impact collaboration with others. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of working with the legendary text editor, including a whole chapter dedicated to concentrating better with the help of Word. Expert advice will fill your knowledge gaps and teach you how to work more productively and efficiently with text, images, styles, and even macros. By the end of this book, you will be able to make better documents faster and troubleshoot any Word-related problem that comes your way. And because of its clear and cohesive structure, you can easily come back to refresh your knowledge whenever you need it.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: Working More Efficiently, Together or Alone with Word
Section 2: Making Sense of Formatting Short and Long Documents
Section 3: Help! Word Is Being Strange! Troubleshooting Common Problems

Writing concise and contextual alt text

Within the context of a Word document, Alt text (or alternative text) refers to text that is attached to graphical objects to assist people with visual impairments in interpreting the object's meaning within the document. Alt text is important for any reader who is blind or low-vision and relies on a screen reader to describe what an onscreen object not only looks like but what its purpose is within the document.

I am going to confess that writing effective alt text still stresses me out. I always seem to question what I have written. Is it too much? Too little? Repetitive? Too vague? Too annoying? I just can't tell sometimes.

I will give you the advice I give myself when I freak out—relax, and just write something. Something is better than nothing. But here are some tips:

  • Be concise.
  • Describe the subject (that is, the most important element) of the image.
  • Optional: Describe the setting (if it is relevant...