I had a good time putting together "10 obscure Word
tricks that can expedite common chores
tricks that can expedite common chores" (and its PDF
cousin), mostly because I was anticipating some ego-boosting feedback. (Yeah,I'm all about the external validation. It's pretty sad, really.)
There's nothing exotic or wildly innovative about the
tricks—just plain old underused or poorly documented features. But it's the
kind of thing that gets people to say, "I've been using Word for 79 years
and thought I knew it inside and out but I never realized you could make avertical text selection!"
It's also the kind of thing where you get people to say,
"Good tips, but you went overboard with that last one. Just create adesktop shortcut for the template." As member Antonio Rodulfo pointed out:
Trick #10 is a little trickier than needed. For Word to
create a new document based on a template already existing either in your
system or on a local area network server repository, you only need Windows
Explorer to navigate to that template folder, wherever it may be, press [Alt] and
click-and-drag the template file to your desktop. Windows will show the little
arrow marking a direct access icon both along the process and upon leaving thefile icon in your desktop... and you're there!
It's an old story: I couldn't see the shortcut for the startup switches.
Thanks, Antonio. I've been using Word for 79 years, but I forgot about that straightforward and highly practical solution.
If you have a favorite Word trick of your own, please share
it in thediscussion thread.
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.