Past the Leap Day

February is over, though it took about a day longer than during most years. I hope that your extra leap day was appreciated and put to good use.

In our corner of the world I've been catching up on work and taking care of things around our home. It has been a good week, all in all.

I trust that you'll find the tips in this week's newsletter to be helpful.

—Allen
     

WordTips (ribbon) for 2 March 2024

Document files
Finding Where the Current Document is Saved

It is possible to have multiple documents on your system, each with the same filename. If you work on those documents at the same time, it can be helpful to know where those documents are stored. This tip provides a half dozen ways you can get the information you need.

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(Thanks to Jacques Raubenheimer, Ron Solecki, John Carpenter, Steve Rawcliffe, Jeff Wood, Peter Johnson, Andy Feldstein, Mitchell Lazarus, Veronica Pavia, Mary Anne Carswell, Rick Stockton, Ray Fernandez, Audrey Thompson, Tomek Dluzniewski, Mitchell Bender, David Cohen, Leonard Berkowitz, Tzvi Liberman, Carol Barlow, Harvey Phillips, Alan Beavers, MaryBeth Robinson, Steven Ware, Joan Koskela, Chris Gorgas, Michael Kish, Phil Reinemann, Sarah Eldritch, Yvonne Chadwick-Whittome, Karrie Nunes, and Timothy McGowan for contributing to this tip.)

 
AutoFormat
Adding Automatic Lines

Want an easy way to add lines in your document? You can do it by making sure Word is using one of its AutoFormat features.

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Editing
Inserting Dashes between Letters in Words

Sometimes typing isn't straight typing. Sometimes you need to perform special tasks, such as putting dashes between letters. This tip provides a macro that can make short work out of such a task.

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Word is a great word processor
Resetting a Single Shortcut Key

Need to get rid of a keyboard shortcut key you previously defined? It's easy to do if you follow these steps.

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Styles
Printing Style Sheets

Want to see what styles are defined in your document? Let Word print out a simplistic style sheet for you.

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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

This section is for those having problems making Word behave. If Word is giving you fits, feel free to submit your own Help Wanted question.

If you have a solution for the problems below, click the link after the problem to send us your answer. (All responses become the sole property of Sharon Parq Associates, Inc., and can be used in any way deemed appropriate.) If your response is used in a future issue, you will be credited for your contribution to the answer.

 
Changing the Language for All Styles

I work as an academic editor, and I live and work in Canada. I find that most clients, no matter where they live on this continent, submit their documents to me in US English. If I select all and change the proofing language, the text changes to Canadian English but the styles do not. Is there a way to change all the styles in a document to Canadian English, or must I change each style individually?
—Mary Anne Carswell (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

 
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