Tips on this WordTips Web site are written for various versions of Word. You'll find tips written for Word 2007, Word 2010, Word 2013, and Word 2016. Each tip is clearly marked as to which version it covers. (See the notation at the bottom of each tip.)
If you are looking for tips about how to use older versions of Word (those that utilize the menu interface), visit our other WordTips site.
Word 2007, Word 2010, Word 2013, and Word 2016 utilize a user interface commonly referred to as a "ribbon interface." This is different from earlier versions of Word, which relied more on a traditional menu-based interface. Specifically, the ribbon is the area just above the document that contains all sorts of tools to accomplish tasks. Just above the ribbon are tabs that control what is displayed on the ribbon.
If the full ribbon is not visible on your system (and you are using Word 2007, Word 2010, or Word 2013), it could be that the ribbon has been minimized. More information is available at this tip: Displaying the Full Ribbon.
Many WordTips are equally applicable to versions of Word for the Mac. In fact, there are many newsletter subscribers who use only Word for the Mac. The differences in implementation for the Mac are not pointed out in WordTips, however. In addition, I don't point out the basic usage differences between Windows and Mac systems, such as holding down the Ctrl key as you click the mouse to simulate a right-click.
There is one other thing to keep in mind for those using Word 2004 for the Mac: This particular version of Word does not include support for VBA. This means that none of the macros detalied on this site will work for you. There is only a single recourse—update to a later version of Word which does include VBA support. (Microsoft was roundly criticized for not including the support in Word 2004 for the Mac.)
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WordTips is written and edited by Allen L. Wyatt.
For two reason, primarily. First, I use Word daily, and I really enjoy the program. That being said, there are still many things that are frustrating, and I have had to search for how to accomplish them. I think many other people are in the same boat. The second reason is that I love to write. I have written about 50 computer books (type my name into Amazon) and you have to love writing to do that.
WordTips is not a tutorial in how to write macros, but many of the tips included in WordTips rely on macros to accomplish tasks.
Many of the tips used in WordTips rely upon macros in order to run. There are actually two ways to use macros. The first is to record a macro, which is appropriate when you want to record a series of steps you perform quite often. The second method of creating a macro, writing one from scratch, is much more powerful, and also the way that you can best use the macros found in WordTips. Refer to the following tip for more information: Writing a Macro from Scratch.
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Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.
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