We had our first Winter Storm WARNING (!!!) of the season a
couple of weeks ago and as predictions escalated (1 to 3 inches, no wait: 4 to
6 inches...), the stores were overrun with frantic folks stocking up on pork
rinds and snow shovels. The local TV stations could run the same archival
B-roll year after year (and for all I know, they do): jammed-up parking lots,
store-length lines, triumphant consumers bearing away the last shovel on the
shelf. But here's the puzzling thing: What did all these people do with lastyear's shovel? Please, if you have a theory, clue me in.
Anyway, here comes the awesome segue. I don't know where I
come up with them, I really don't. But let's talk for a minute about Word's AutoText
feature. (Bear with me.) AutoText is like the shovel you can REUSE the next
time it snows, and the time after that, and maybe even for something other than
snow. AutoText lets you create and store text and graphics so that you can
insert it in a document with a few keystrokes. But as practical as this feature
is, many users have never learned to take advantage of it. So I created a short picture
tutorial that steps through the process of creating and using AutoText entries.It's worth sharing with your Word users, especially the chronic shovel buyers.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior features editor for Tech Pro Research.