My Favorite Place

If you've been reading my ramblings here for a few months, you know that I've started making videos about the places I visit. I don't post on a fast schedule, but I do add a new video from time to time. You can find the YouTube channel here:

Late this past Thursday I finally got around to adding another video, this one about my favorite place on Earth. (No kidding; it really IS my favorite place.) And, interestingly enough, I started the WordTips newsletter while I was living in the area described in the video, all the way back in 1997.

Anyway, if you would like to check out this special place, you can do so by visiting the channel page, noted above, or by using this link:

Let me know what you think, and I hope you have a great week.


WordTips (ribbon) for 21 May 2022

Customizing Word
New Page Appears at Right of First Page

When you start typing in a new document and you get to the end of the first page, Word could place the next page at the right of the first page or below the first page. This is by design, and Word allows you to specify how you want the page placement to occur.

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(Thanks to Jos Graindor, Chris Watt, Sharon Dahl, Aprile Morgan, Tomek Dluzniewski, Andrew Gray, Joan Emerson, Linda Walters, Penny Edwards, Ron Solecki, Bob Beechey, Guy Ivie, Emilie Jacquet, Richard Curtis, and Niki White for contributing to this tip.)

Changing the Highlighting Color

You can highlight words and phrases in your document, much the same as you can mark printed words and phrases with a highlighter. Here's how to use the highlighter and change the colors you use in highlighting.

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Macros! Macros! Get Your Macros Here!

WordTips: The Macros has all the information that you are ever going to need to help you learn the best ways to create and effectively use macros for Microsoft Word. Discover how powerful macros really are and how you can use them to make Word do your bidding. Get your macros here...

Creating a Split Page

In WordPerfect terminology, a split page allows you to put information side-by-side on opposite halves of the page. If you want to accomplish the same task in Word, the best method is to use a table, as described in this tip.

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Understanding Style Sets

When you display the Home tab of the ribbon, Word shows a variety of styles in the Styles group. These are Style Sets, as described in this tip.

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Changing Paragraph Borders

Word allows you to easily add borders to a paragraph of text. If you want, you can even change each side of the border to be different from the other sites. This tip shows how this is done.

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Changing Table Cell Text Direction

When creating a table, you can turn the orientation of the text, within a cell, by ninety degrees in either direction from normal. It's easy to do using either dialog boxes or toolbars, as described in this tip.

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WordTips YouTube Channel

Do you like to learn visually? Make sure you check out the WordTips YouTube channel. New videos are added weekly. (I typically try to add them on Tuesdays and Thursdays.)

New video: Understanding and Creating Hyphens and Dashes
Word supports the use of both hyphens and dashes. Actually, it supports three types of hyphens and two types of dashes. In this Quick Tip I help you understand how all five of these characters behave in your documents.


New video: Hidden Text: A Handy Text Attribute with Potential Gotchas
You can easily hide text by simply changing the attributes associated with the text. Once that is done, you can turn the display of your hidden text on or off, as described in this video. Plus, you can independently control the printing of hidden text.


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.

Converting Words into Numbers

I have used macros before to convert numbers (such as 355) into words (three-hundred and fifty-five). It would be very helpful if I had a macro that could do the opposite and convert the words I select back into numbers.
—Gabe McGrath (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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