Happy Thanksgiving!

In less than a week, those of us in the United States (as well as those in several other countries) will celebrate the annual Thanksgiving holiday. It is traditionally a time for family and friends to gather, share food, and make memories.

If you stop and think about it, though, you don't really need a holiday in order to develop an attitude of gratitude--to be perpetually thankful for the conveniences, fortunes, and blessings that you enjoy in your life. It should be easy to be thankful for a roof over you head and the food on your table. It takes little additional effort to be thankful for your friends and the opportunities that come your way.

Unfortunately, things often conspire to cloud the clarity with which we should view the things for which we should be grateful. Health may change, fortunes may drop, and friendships may be lost. In my experience, however, these are but temporary setbacks in the happiness that we can choose to find around us.

I am thankful for many things; I dare say I am thankful for most things. I hope that you take the time this week (and all weeks) to reflect on your blessings and express gratitude for the life you are fortunate enough to lead.


WordTips (ribbon) for 18 November 2017

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Getting Rid of Hyperlinks in Footnotes

When you add hyperlinks to a document, Word makes them active, meaning you can click them to open the target of the hyperlink. If you want to get rid of the hyperlinks that may appear in footnotes, this tip is for you.

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(Thanks to Padraig McCarthy, David French, Jacques Raubenheimer, and Aprile Morgan for contributing to this tip.)

Character formatting
Highlighting Information Using Shading

Word allows you to shade entire paragraphs or simple selections of text. This is a great way to highlight information on the printed page, as described in this tip.

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Pay a Visit to Formville

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Field Reference to Number of Prior Pages

Fields are used for all sorts of purposes in Word, but typically to provide some sort of dynamic information. This tip shows some of the power of fields by using them to calculate and display the number of previous pages in a document.

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Macros extend Word
Saving in Document Format from a Macro

Saving a document in a different format is easy if you are manually using the Save As command. Saving a document in an existing macro, in the format you want, is a bit trickier unless you know how to use the SaveAs method, described in this tip.

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Help Wanted

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Reversing All the Paragraphs in a Document

I routinely need to work with long documents (perhaps 30 pages) where I need to reverse the order of the paragraphs in the document. Is there a way that I can reverse the order of all of the paragraphs easily, such that the last is first and the first last?
—Jerry Guenser (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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