Word user since nineteen hundred and twenty-seven

I had a good time putting together "10 obscure Word

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 a

vertical 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 a

desktop 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 the

file 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 the

discussion thread.