Giving Thanks

In the United States (and several other parts of the world), this coming Thursday is a holiday. It is the fourth Thursday in November and is, thus, Thanksgiving. I was part of a discussion with a granddaughter about a week ago in explaining the roots of the holiday and why we celebrate it. So that she could understand, I pointed out that it is a time set aside to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy.

Truth be told, I offer up my thanks just about every day. I find myself living in a time of great opportunities, of great goodness, and what previous generations would have viewed as miracles. Even amidst the chaos and sorrow that afflicts us, I am able to see good, and I give thanks.

I hope that you, similarly, are able to sift the good from the bad and, in your own way, will pause on the appointed day (or any day) and give thanks for the blessings you enjoy.

—Allen
     

WordTips (ribbon) for 21 November 2020

Formatting
Updating to Smart Quotes

As you type a document, Word automatically converts your quote marks and apostrophes to "curly" versions that look more professional. When working with a document from a different source that doesn't include these smart quotes, you may want to convert them all, so they look the same. This is easy to do simply by using Word's Find and Replace function. This tip explains how.

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Labels
Formatting Labels

Need your labels to look a certain way? You can save time by formatting them before Word actually creates the sheet of labels. Here's how.

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Word Macros, from the Ground Up

Macros are the key to making Word do what you really want it to do. I've written a complete tutorial that explains, from the ground up, how you can harness the power of macros. Word VBA Guidebook provides the information you need to finally conquer Word macros.

 
AutoText
Saving AutoText Entries with Each Document

AutoText can be a great way to add consistent, common text to a document. Unfortunately, you cannot save AutoText entries with an individual document. Instead, you need to focus on saving them in templates, as described in this tip.

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Word is a great word processor
Finding Fields

Fields allow you to add simple dynamic content to your document. Here's how you can find the fields when you need to know where they all are located.

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(Thanks to Ken Endacott for contributing to this tip.)

 
Tables
Converting Tables to Text

Need to convert all the tables in your document into plain text? This tip provides a macro that can make quick work of a bunch of tables.

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Printing
Printing Copy Numbers

Copy 1, Copy 2, Copy 3... Do you want to mark your printouts so that they are numbered? Here's how you can do it.

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Automatic Page Numbers in New Documents

All my Word documents need to have their pages numbered. Is there a way to set up Word so that every time I create a new document, that document includes page numbers? That would save me time, as right now I have to manually add page numbers to every new document I create.
—Kathleen Swan (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

 
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