It is Live!

If you've been paying attention to this space over the last few weeks, you know that I have been seeking feedback on what information new Word users need to know. (In other words, "what do you wish you had known when you first started using Word?") I've been asking about this because, as I also mentioned, I was thinking about starting a YouTube channel that featured videos for beginners.

Well, I'm pleased to announce that I've actually done it--I've started a WordTips YouTube channel. Here's the link to the channel, for now:

Yes, that's a stupid long URL, but there is nothing I can do about it right now. I have to wait at least 30 days before I can ask the YouTube gods to change it.

There is something you can do to help out, though. First, visit the channel using the link above. Second, click the "Subscribe" button for the channel. The more subscribers, the easier it will be to get the URL shortened after that 30-day period is over.

I should point out, too, that the channel won't just include videos for Word beginners. I'm putting the videos for beginners in a separate playlist on the channel (so they are easy to find), but I'm going to be creating and uploading all sorts of Word-related videos to the channel. My goal is to upload one per week, so stay tuned!

Anyway, if you hop on over to the channel and click "Subscribe," I'd love to hear what you think about what you are seeing so far.

Let me know.


WordTips (ribbon) for 27 November 2021

Preventing the Insertion of Non-Breaking Spaces

When you copy and paste information from the Internet, you may end up with a lot of non-breaking spaces in the pasted information. This tip looks at a few ways to get rid of them.

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(Thanks to Michael Jordan, Mike Brown, Falk Schneider, Leonard Berkowitz, Phil Rabichow, and Skip Nicholson for contributing to this tip.)

Customizing Word
Automatically Saving Changes to Defaults

Have you ever started a new document only to find that the settings in Word seem to be different than what you expected? This tip explains why this happens and what you can do to prevent it.

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Find what You Need, then Replace It

Find and Replace is the most powerful tool in Word's editing arsenal. Discover how you can use this tool to zero in on just the portion of your document that you need. From simple searches to complex patterns, you can use and master Find and Replace.

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Multiple Footers on a Page

Trying to figure out how you want Word to handle footers in your document can be a challenge, primarily because Word allows you to define so many different types of footers. This tip examines how you can approach more complex footer needs using Word's approach to footers.

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Endnotes in a Separate Document

When you add endnotes to a document they are normally positioned (as one would expect) at the end of the document. You may want, however, to move the endnotes to a separate document. Word doesn't allow you to easily do this, but there are a couple of ways you can approach the problem and come up with a solution that might work for your needs.

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Drawing objects
Moving Drawing Objects

When you need to move a drawing object around your document, you use the mouse after you select the object. This tip shows how you can make the move.

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Adding Quotes

Adding quote marks is normally as simple as typing them from the keyboard. However, if you want to add quote marks around both ends of a text selection in a single step, you'll love this tip and the macro it describes.

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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.

Jumping to the End of the Document in Error

I find that often, when I'm editing, the insertion point suddenly jumps to the end of the entire document. If I'm working on a fifty-page document this is very annoying! I work on documents with a lot of tracked changes and comments.
—Eleanor Stanley (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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