Happy President's Day

This weekend is, in the United States, a holiday weekend. That's because Monday is a federal holiday. Historically, it started as a day to remember the birthday of George Washington, our first president. In the last few decades, however, it has come to be known as President's Day in many states, and is a day to celebrate both Washington and Lincoln's birthdays.

I hope that you find this weekend enjoyable and a time to enjoy some time with your family. (I also hope you enjoy the tips in this week's issue of the newsletter.)


WordTips (ribbon) for 18 February 2017

Removing Leading Spaces in a Table

If you work with data imported from the Web or with documents prepared by others, you may have tables that have leading spaces in a number of the cells. This tip examples three different ways that you can get rid of these leading spaces.

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(Thanks to Ken Endacott, Jeffrey Chen, Sharon Trombley, Lee Batchelor, Ron Solecki, Aprile Morgan, Letty Marquez, Lucinda Bedwell, Harold Druss, and Bill Hepburn for contributing to this tip.)

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Resetting All Shortcut Keys

At some point you might want to wipe out all the custom shortcut keys you've created in Word. This is easy to do by following the steps in this tip.

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Fantastic Fields!

At last count Word provides 75 dynamic field codes you can use to add everything from page numbers to hyperlinks to your documents. Discover the ins and outs of the vast majority of Word's powerful field codes.

Backing Up Your AutoText Entries

Got a bunch of AutoText entries defined for your system? You'll undoubtedly want to back them up at some time. Here's how to do it.

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Updating Automatic Links

Normally, Word updates links within your document when you first open the document. If you don't want Word to do this, you can configure the program to forego the update.

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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.

Smart Quotes with Dragon Naturally Speaking

I very often use Dragon Naturally Speaking to create documents. When I do, it produces straight quote marks and apostrophes instead of "smart" ones. I find it a bother to go through the laborious Find and Replace process every time I "speak" text into the document. Is there a setting that will fix this or, perhaps, a faster way than using Find and Replace all the time?
—Jerry Jenkins (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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