Working on Summer Projects

I'm enjoying the summer so far, and the weather has been great. It's been a bit unusual around here, in that a very wet spring has led to more yard growth than we've had in recent years. In fact, I had to mow the lawn for the second time this year just this past week.

I now that sounds funny to some readers who live in more lively growing areas. Years ago, when I used to live in Ohio, it would be a very unusual season if I didn't have to mow weekly. Take my word for it, though, that it is unusual in this part of Wyoming to have as much growth as we've had.

Even so, the weather has been marvelous and I've been able to make great headway on a few other projects I've had on my list (besides mowing the lawn).

I hope your summer is going well so far and that you enjoy the tips in this week's newsletter.


WordTips (ribbon) for 22 June 2019

Working with other programs
Unexpected Error Exporting a PDF

It is common for people to create PDF files from their Word documents. What can you do, though, if your standard way of creating PDFs doesn't produce the desired results?

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(Thanks to Jos Graindor, Dick Margulis, David French, Sean Flanagan, Jim Guigli, Katy Wensman, Steve Rawcliffe, and Steve Mackey for contributing to this tip.)

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Specifying a Table of Contents Entry

If you need to create a specialized table of contents, you need to know how to add TOC entries to your document. It's easy to do using a simple field.

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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.

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Creating a Table of Contents from TOC Fields

If you inserted a bunch of TOC fields in your document, you can create your table of contents quite easily based on those fields. This comes in very handy for creating specialized TOCs that aren't based on your documents outline.

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Footnotes for Chapters

Word allows you to add footnotes to your documents and configure how they are numbered. Sometimes the numbering can get a bit confusing based on your document organization. Here's how to get the numbering you need when your document has lots of different sections in it.

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Macros extend Word
Determining the Number of Paragraphs in a Document

When using a macro to process a document in some way, you often need to know the number of paragraphs in the document. (This is especially true if you are processing the document paragraph by paragraph.) You can figure out how many paragraphs there are by examining the Paragraphs collection.

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Macros extend Word
Assigning a Macro to a Shortcut Key

Do you have a macro that you use frequently? Using the File menu to access the macro can be time consuming. This tip talks about how to create a shortcut key that will cut out the menu.

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Help Wanted

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Protecting Macros in the Normal Template

On our company network, the Normal template is periodically updated, automatically, based on whatever it is that our IT department does. The problem is, the Normal template contains my macros that I've developed, which means they are overwritten. Is there a way to make sure that my macros remain intact even if the IT department decides to update my Normal template?
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