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Microsoft 365 Word Tips and Tricks

By : Heather Ackmann, Bill Kulterman
Book Image

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

Special characters

As you type a document in Word, many hidden formatting marks are created that you never see unless you choose to unhide them. Word also has what are known as special characters. These are regular text and formatting characters that are not on a standard keyboard. These text special characters belong to fonts and may appear differently in different fonts. Some characters may not be available in all fonts either. The special formatting characters in Word affect the layout of a document.

In this section, we will learn how to show and hide hidden formatting marks and what those marks indicate. We will also learn how to insert those special characters that do not appear on standard keyboards into a document.

The Show/Hide button appears on the Home tab of the Ribbon in the Paragraph section. The button looks somewhat like a backward letter P. It represents the paragraph formatting mark.

The following screenshot shows the Show/Hide ¶ button: