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I hope your weekend is going well and, speaking of Word, I hope you find the tips in this week's newsletter helpful.


WordTips (ribbon) for 26 September 2020

Using Two Characters as a Drop Cap

Want to add drop caps to your layout? They can provide a nice, appealing design element, but how you actually create the drop caps can be critical to your success.

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(Thanks to Denny Jansen, Jos Graindor, Galen Currah, Angie Smith, Peter Thomas, Colin McCart, Harold Druss, Skip Nicholson, and Dave Pridgeon for contributing to this tip.)

Getting Identical Margins

Need to get the margins on your document exactly right? It can be a challenge to get the Word settings where you need them and then wrestle with the printer so it does what you expect. Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Adding Line Numbers

Many types of documents, such as legal documents, require the use of line numbers to make it easier to identify specific locations in the document. Here's how you can add line numbers to your documents.

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Preserving Style Formatting when Combining Documents

Insert one document into another and you may not get the results you expect. Here's why, along with what you can do about it.

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Getting Rid of Spaces in Merged Data

When you merge information with a Word document, you may not be completely satisfied with the appearance of some of the merged information. For instance, a merge field may include spaces within the information that you would rather remove. Here's a couple of ways you can get rid of those spaces.

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Mass Search and Replace

If you need to change information in dozens or even hundreds of documents, the task can seem insurmountable. Here's a way you can let a macro do the work of making changes in any number of documents you may have.

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Help Wanted

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Cannot Combine Two Tables

The normal way to combine two tables is to remove all the empty paragraphs between those tables. Sometimes, though, this doesn't work. Visually they almost look like they are combined, but table properties and control are definitely separate. (For instance, I can see the table selector at the top corner of the second table.) Is there a way to force recalcitrant tables to actually combine?
—Mark Robinson (provide an answer for this Help Wanted question)

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