Snow. Snow? Really?

This week has been one of travel and work--lots of work. I've decided to redo one of my large products, and that takes a huge amount of effort and time. (There are times I wish there were others in my office besides just me!)

Added to the mix was the fact that we had a solid reminder that winter is on the way. Even though you might think that we should consider having autumn before winter comes, we had our first snowstorm of the season this past Tuesday. Very little accumulation and what there was soon melted, but it was simply another in-your-face reminder of what is to come.

Anyway, I hope your week has gone well, and that you enjoy the tips in this week's newsletter.


WordTips (ribbon) for 23 September 2017

Printing Only Selected Rows from a Table

Tables are a great way to organize the information in a document. If your table gets quite long, you may not want to print the entire table. This tip looks at several ways to print only a portion of the table based on the contents of a particular column.

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(Thanks to Harold Druss, Dave Cooke, Nora Abbott, Aprile Morgan, Gregg Trusty, Geof Richardson, Joanna Porter, Andrew Feldstein, and Carol Park for contributing to this tip.)

Turning Off Borders for Data Series

Don't want a border to appear around a data series represented in a Microsoft Graph chart? You can easily control the appearance of the border by following the simple steps in this tip.

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Do You Need an Index?

Word includes dozens of tools that, if used properly, can make your documents easier for readers to use. Chief among these tools are those that allow you to create indexes and special tables. Here's how you can master these these tools to benefit your documents and your readers.

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Creating Tables with Specific Column Widths

Create a table and Word figures out column widths by dividing the horizontal space by the number of columns you want in the table. You can use this feature to your advantage when creating tables by applying the simple technique described in this tip.

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Intelligent Title Case

A common editorial need is to change the capitalization used on different words in a selection of text. Word provides a rudimentary way to adjust the case of the text, but you may want a more intelligent way of changing it.

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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.

Stopping Styles from Changing with Multiple Users

I am working in an office that has documents on a server so that multiple people can work on them. My role is to format the finished articles. For example, I may change the Normal style from 11 point to 10 point, and I create new styles as appropriate for the document. When I view the file, the styles stay the way I defined them, but if someone else opens the document, the style settings for the built-in styles revert to default. In other words, all the Normal-styled text will change from 10 point back to the default of 11 point. I have tried avoiding the built-in style names, and I even make sure that the "based on" styles do not use the built-in style names, but the problem still crops up. Why is this happening, and how can I make the styles stay the way I set them even if others later open the document?
—Deborah Poulalion (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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