Fall in the Air

The nippiness of fall is definitely in the air in our little town. We are at an elevation of 6,700 feet, which means that cooler temperatures come earlier and stay later than lower areas only a couple hundred miles away.

The trees here are already starting to shed their leaves, and the winds are whipping those leaves over the yards and down the streets of town. This means that there is "crunchiness" underfoot, and it would not surprise anyone if we woke up to a blanket of snow in the not-too-distant future.

Each season tends to bring its own beauty, and this one is no exception. We are having a grand time watching the seasons change. I hope that you are enjoying whatever season and weather you are facing.


WordTips (ribbon) for 19 October 2019

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Adjusting Text Pitch

Want to adjust the pitch of your text? The answer depends on what, exactly, is meant by "pitch." This tip looks at the possibilities.

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(Thanks to Patrick Sedgwick, David French, Henry Noble, Jano Witman, Aprile Morgan, Peter Thomas, Ron Solecki, Sean Flanagan, and Rob Cole for contributing to this tip.)

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Formatting Endnote Reference Marks

The reference marks used for endnotes are, by default, formatted "good enough" for most people. If you are one of those for whom good enough isn't good enough, you can exercise complete control on how the reference marks appear.

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Add UserForms to Your Macros

Still relying on message boxes and input boxes to communicate with the users of your Word and Excel macros? Take your macros to the next level by creating your own UserForms. Discover how in the information-packed Creating VBA UserForms course. Low cost; great instruction--check it out today!

Customizing Word
Displaying the Developer Tab

The Developer tab of the ribbon is the gateway to many advanced features in Word, including those features related to macros. Problem is, the Developer tab is not visible by default in Word. Here's how to make sure it remains displayed on your system.

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Hiding Table Gridlines, by Default

The edges to table cells are shown two ways in Word: gridlines and borders. Table gridlines are only seen in Word; they do not print. Borders are visible in Word and on the printed page. Applying borders to table cells overrides the display or hiding of gridlines.

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Understanding Forms

If you have ever created several documents that contain the same basic information with only a few minor differences, then you need to know how to use the forms feature in Word. It's easy to enter only the information that changes on standard documents. Here's how to set that up.

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Saving and Using a Form

After you have created your custom form, you will need to save it so that you can use it as often as needed. Word makes this easy and here's how.

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Automatic Italics of Newspaper Names

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