50 time-saving tips to speed your work in Microsoft Office (free PDF)

No matter how long you’ve been working with Office apps, discovering a shortcut here and there can make you more productive and efficient. This ebook features five collections of tips—covering Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access–to help you knock out everyday tasks with less effort.

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Most users pick up efficiency tips, such as using styles, keyboard shortcuts, and Format Painter, as beginners. What you’ll find, though, is that even experts sometimes do things the hard way. In this article, I’ll share 10 tips for working faster in Word. They’re not new by any means, but a few of them might be new to you.

Change your Paste default
Nothing annoys me more than pasting content from another source and then having to reformat it because the content doesn’t match my document’s formatting. You’ve probably run into it too. If you remember to use the Keep Text Only option from the Paste dropdown, you can avoid the extra reformatting step—if you remember. If this occurs often enough, you need to take control of the situation and change Word’s default settings by clicking the File tab, choosing Options, and then choosing Advanced in the left pane. In the Cut, Copy, And Paste section, choose Keep Text Only from the Pasting From Other Programs dropdown.

After setting this option, Word will match your source document’s formatting when pasting content from another source, including the web. This is an application-level setting so it will affect all documents, not just the current one.

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