A Humble Thanksgiving

I hope each of you had a great Thanksgiving. (If Thanksgiving was not celebrated this past week in your corner of the world, I hope you had a great Thursday.) Ours was good. Though we were missing Eric and his family from our dinner table, we were able to get together with our two other sons and their families. There was much food, much fun, and many memories.

Eric wasn't there because he is still in the hospital, though we have hopes he will be discharged shortly. He has been responding well to treatment, and he is out of the immediate danger he was in when he entered the hospital. His family (wife and two teenage children) were able to gather with him, in his hospital room, to celebrate the holiday.

The humble melancholy that often attends me when I experience deep gratitude still lingers with me. So many of you reached out to offer words of encouragement and to help with Eric's care. I was deeply moved by the many who said that they were praying for Eric and for me (for me!), something I never expected. So kind, so kind. Many of you were in my prayers of gratitude that I offered over Thanksgiving.

If you are interested in seeing how my sister's GoFundMe campaign for Eric is doing, you can do so here:


We hope, with the help of so many kind, giving people, to top $50,000 in the near future. It would be great if that could happen before he is released from the hospital.

Anyway, I digress. I just wanted to say thank you to the many hundreds of kind, good-hearted folks who have helped from all walks of life. Thank you.

I hope you find the tips in this week's newsletter to be helpful.


WordTips (ribbon) for 26 November 2022

Graphics Marked as Changed when Comparing Documents

The tools on the Review tab of the ribbon allow you to do all sorts of markup and comparisons of documents. When comparing documents, you may notice that Word marks graphics as changed, even if they aren't. There may, unfortunately, be no easy way around this problem.

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(Thanks to Aprile Morgan for contributing to this tip.)

Specifying a Location To Save Automatic Backup Files

Word allows you make two types of automatic backups of your documents. One is a copy of the file before you start making changes to it. The other is a timed automatic backup.

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These Autos are Amazing!

Word provides four "auto" tools that can make developing documents faster, easier, and more consistent. When you put AutoText, AutoComplete, AutoCorrect, and AutoFormat to work for you, you've harnessed some serious tools. Uncover the secrets of these tools!

Referencing a Page Number In Another Document

Page references are a common element of many documents. If you need to have a page reference to a page in a different document, then you may be at a loss as to how to create it. Here's how.

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Deleting Styles

As documents evolve, so do your needs for various styles. You may create new ones and, invariably, old ones need to be abandoned. At some time you'll want to delete a previously created style. The information in this tip makes the housecleaning chore a breeze.

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Drawing objects
Rotating a Drawing Object

You can add all sorts of drawing objects to a document. Once placed, you can then rotate them to your heart's content. This tip explains a couple of ways you can perform the rotation.

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Text boxes
Finding an Invisible Text Box

Text boxes can be a great aid in designing the layout of your document. What do you do when you can't find a text box that you want to delete, however? Here are a variety of approaches you can use to finding that errant text box.

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Help Wanted

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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.

Noting Moved Words and Phrases in Markup

Track Changes notes the move of a sentence or paragraph from one location to another in a document with the usual green double underline/strikethrough. It will not, however, show the move of a word or phrase. Is there any way to show the usual move coloration or other indicator without using a macro? (Our company has disabled macro access.) There will be many moves of words, so manually changing the color or highlighting would be more effort than desirable.
—Jason Bernstein (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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