Enjoying Easter

Welcome to Easter weekend 2019. For many this is a time celebrating new life and renewal of life, rooted in Christian theology. For others it is a time to mark the coming of Spring and the new life that is exhibited by the changing of the seasons. For still others it is a time to join with family and friends and celebrate whatever the Easter Bunny may bring.

This year, in the Wyatt household, it is also a time of reuniting, as we celebrate our biannual family reunion. We are in Mesa, Arizona, this weekend, getting together with my parents, siblings, and everyone's families. I mentioned the reunion in this space last week, but now the festivities are in full swing.

However you choose to celebrate this weekend (and whatever you choose to celebrate this weekend), I hope that it is a joyous time for you and yours.

My best to you.

—Allen
     

WordTips (ribbon) for 20 April 2019

Editing
Permanently Turning Off the Tracking of Formatting Changes

The Track Changes tool can be a great asset when you are working on a document with others. It can also be a hassle if you want to limit what is tracked and Word doesn't seem to cooperate. This tip looks at how you can make sure that Word doesn't track formatting changes and, if it does, how you can get rid of them.

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(Thanks to Steve Rawcliffe, Aprile Morgan, Jan Witman, Daniel Robbin, Harvey Shifrin, Rhonda Bracey, and Welda Tait for contributing to this tip.)

 
Page layout
Adding Page Numbers

Ever want to add page numbers to your document? Word allows you to control many aspects of page numbering. Here's how to add page numbers easily.

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Word Macros, from the Ground Up

Macros are the key to making Word do what you really want it to do. I've written a complete tutorial that explains, from the ground up, how you can harness the power of macros. Word VBA Guidebook provides the information you need to finally conquer Word macros.

 
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Adjusting Column Width Using the Ribbon

If you want to resize the width of your table columns, you can do it using a mouse, but you can get more precise widths by using the ribbon controls. This tip explains how to pull up and use the proper controls so you can adjust the width of each column in the table.

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AutoCorrect
Backing Up Your AutoCorrect Entries

Develop a lot of AutoCorrect entries and you may start to wonder how you can back them up. You can easily protect all the time you used creating the entries by applying the information in this tip.

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Graphics
Determining Picture Size in a Macro

When processing a document using a macro, you may need for your macro to figure out the sizes of the images in your document. This information can be accessed by using the techniques described in this tip.

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Comments
Inserting Initials and Date in a Comment

When you insert a comment into a document, Word keeps track of who entered it and the date when it was entered. Here's how to add that creation date permanently to the comment's text.

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Embedded MP4 Files in a PDF Document

I have a Word document that has a few MP4 files embedded within it. I need to convert this Word document to a PDF file, but when I do, the MP4 files are no longer available. Is there a way to create the PDF and have the MP4 files still accessible (and usable) within it, just as was possible with Word?
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