To Texas and Back

Today I arrived back home after a trip to Texas to visit my parents. On this trip we took one of our granddaughters with us so that she could visit with her great grandparents. The trip started off with bad weather, but ended quite nicely. The parents were in good spirits, and the time with the granddaughter was delightful.

Even so, it is always good to arrive back home and unpack the bags. (As is often said, be it ever so humble, there is no place like home.)


WordTips (ribbon) for 18 March 2023

Customizing Word
Getting Rid of the Layout Options Context Menu

Do Word's attempts to be helpful drive you nuts? Here's a way that you can turn off at least some of the helpfulness.

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

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Moving a Table Column

Want to move a column in a table very easily? You can do so by using the same editing techniques you are already using.

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(Thanks to Deb Fournier for contributing to this tip.)

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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Reverse Numbered Lists

Adding numbered lists to your document is a snap; Word provides tools to add them immediately. What Word doesn't do is provide a way to create a "countdown list" that is in reverse order. Here's how you can do it.

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Formatting Footnote Reference Marks

The reference marks that appear for footnotes in a document are normally just superscripted digits. If you want to change the formatting used for these references, you can do so by simply changing one of the default character styles in Word.

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Controlling Footnote Placement

Footnotes are normally placed at the bottom of the page on which the footnote is referenced. However, Word provides some flexibility on the actual placement of the note on the printed page. This tip discusses the options you have.

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Spell checker
Spelling Errors on Internet Addresses

Tired of Word marking Internet addresses as spelling errors? You can turn off this check by applying the steps in this tip.

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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.

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Converting to Lowercase and Small Caps

I have a document in which there are many instances of phrases such as "century XXI" where the only thing that changes is the Roman numerals. I would like all instances of Roman numerals following the word "century" to be converted to lowercase small caps. (This is necessary so that the small caps look correct.) Is there a way to do this using Find and Replace?
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