Enjoying Summer

I hope you are having a great weekend and that you are enjoying the summer weather. This past week I was down in the Phoenix area, and it was astoundingly hot, which one would expect in the middle of July. It was nice to get back home to a more temperate climate where the temperatures only reach periodically into the mid-80s. (I drove the 800 miles back home yesterday.)


WordTips (ribbon) for 15 July 2017

Macros extend Word
Detecting if the Insertion Point is Inside a Bookmark

When processing a document using a macro, you may need to know if the insertion point is within a bookmark or not. This is easy to determine by simply looking at the number of members in the Bookmarks collection, as described in this tip.

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(Thanks to Ken Endacott, Jacques Raubenheimer, and Harold Druss for contributing to this tip.)

Counting Values in Table Cells

In Excel it is easy to count how many times a certain character occurs in a column of cells. In Word, it is a bit trickier. It could be done with a macro, but there is an even easier way, as described in this tip.

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Use Tables Effectively

Microsoft Word is wonderful at presenting data clearly and easily. Creating a table is one of the ways you can present your data. Creating tables is easy, but using them effectively can be tricky. WordTips: Terrific Tables allows you to get the most from your tables.

Wildcard searching
Adding an Ellipsis to the Beginning of Some Paragraphs

The Find and Replace feature of Word is very powerful. You can even use it to add a unique character to the beginning of selected paragraphs. The trick is defining what those "selected paragraphs" look like.

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How Word Applies Styles

Styles are a great boon for applying styles in a powerfully consistent manner. How Word applies styles, however, depends on what you have selected when you do the application.

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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.

Finding Only Formatted Text AutoCorrect Entries

AutoCorrect allows me to create both formatted and plain-text entries. Is there a way to see only those entries that are specified as formatted text? I want to go through my accumulated AutoCorrect entries and either delete the formatted ones or change them to plain text entries.
—Michelle Miles (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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