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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

Understanding and working with AutoFormat

In Chapter 9, Working Faster with Automation,, we discussed how to use the Replace Text as You Type feature, which automatically corrects commonly misspelled words. We also discussed how to add our own entries to create our own shorthand and lists to type frequently used words, phrases, and hard-to-remember lists easier and faster. That's one example of how Word's built-in automation features can be helpful. However, sometimes, they aren't always so helpful. Let's say you are writing a date range, and since you paid attention in school, you know that the punctuation mark, the en dash, should be used to separate dates or a span of time, for example, "The 2019–2020 school year was a difficult year for teachers in the US."

Also, notice that in the preceding example, there are no spaces before or after the en dash. Now, in Word, there are AutoFormat options for hyphens and dashes. When you type a hyphen followed...