How to Fix the Most Common Table of Contents Error in MS Word

Here’s how to fix the following error in Word when trying to open the Table of Contents. The error message is: { TOCO “2-4″H Z T “HEADING 1,1”} The problem is usually to do with Field Codes. Here’s a few suggestions. In Word, go to Tools > Options > View tab and click off Field Codes […]

7 Ways To Avoid Crashing Long Documents in MS Word

If you use MS Word to write documents, you might find the following tips helpful. I use Word to write documents up to 200 pages, even longer, and have managed to keep the document in good shape by following guidelines. Formatting — avoid cutting/pasting material directly from one file into another as this brings unwanted […]

How to increase sales by writing more ‘scannable’ product pages

What’s the simplest way to get a prospective customer into the sales cycle? Write scannable web pages. Why? Because if it’s written correctly, you get them to read ALL of what you wrote, which improves your chance of getting them into the sales funnel. Think about it. When you’re reading online, do you read every […]

How to write ‘engaging’ content for Government blogs

Summary: Writing for the web is very different from what you learn in school. The rules about grammar, structure, format, and narrative often don’t apply. In this tutorial we identify best practices on how you can improve your web writing, especially if you write for a company, corporate, or government agency. The University of Chicago “Most […]

Should your blog use Serif or Sans-Serif Fonts?

Fonts. The one thing every sees but no one seems to notice. When I started in writing, it was generally accepted that Times New Roman was THE font to use for printed manuals. No ifs, buts, or maybe. Times New Roman size 11. I wonder if things have changed. Do we now prefer serif fonts […]

How to Create Vertical Text in MS Word

You can change the orientation of text from horizontal to vertical in a few quick clicks. This trick is useful if you want to have text run up the side of a page or along a column. To do this, the text must be inside a text box, shape, callout, or table.  You can’t change […]

Increase Adsense Revenue with New Videos Ads

Google has introduced video ads to its Adsense offering. This gives web publishers an additional option when placing ads on their site. Instead of text and image ads, you can now jazz up your pages with video content. The video ads, or video units as Google likes to call them, allow you to enrich your […]

Why do backward Ps appear in my Word document?

If you open a document in Word and see what looks like large Ps at the end of every sentence, then the Show/Hide marker has been turned on. This is used for examining the document’s formatting as it shows details of the underlying paragraphs, section breaks and page breaks. You can turn off this by […]

10 Tips To Enhance Presentations

Cliff Atkinson from Sociable Media offers an excellent series on how to improve your presentations. In previous tutorials he suggested that you tell a story with your presentation and then how to use storyboards to plan your presentation. These tips follow-up on these tutorials and are worth book-marking if you’re nervous about making your first […]

Why the Web demands simplicity

The more sophisticated a society and its economy becomes, the easier it is for its citizens to do what they need to do. In Lima, Peru, to legally establish a one-person garment workshop takes 289 days of bureaucratic toil, costing $1,231, 31 times the monthly minimum wage. In the Philippines, purchasing land can involve up […]

Avoid Retyping Data into Word documents from Excel

Digital Trends offer a Financial Reporting Toolkit’s Formula Builder for MS Word. This add-in program that makes it easy to create formulas in Microsoft Word. Formula Builder walks you through the steps of building a formula. Click on the cell address you want in your formula and Formula Builder automatically determines the cell address for you. […]

10 Steps to Successful Bids

Business Owner’s Toolkit outlines the ten steps involved in making successful bids. “Although we are presenting the actions you need to take in a step-by-step fashion, it does not mean that they need to be done one at a time. They can be done simultaneously or in a different order, depending on your circumstances.” http://www.toolkit.com/small_business_guide/sbg.aspx?nid=P09_2000 […]

Long v Short Executive Summaries for Business Plans

Companies seeking capital often ask how long the Executive Summary of their business plan should be. [Learn more about these Business Plan templates here] See: How Google’s ‘Micro Moments’ will affect your business The answer depends upon the use of the summary, mainly determining if it precedes the full business plan, or it will be used […]

How to Sell Digital Goods Outside the USA

I’ve sold ebooks, software, reports, online services through Clickbank for the past 3 years. But they charge about 7.5% commission and a small fee for every transaction. It works out at about 10% of our sales, which is very expensive when you. However, we like selling Digital Online Products. No cost to produce No time […]

What to Include in Your Proposal

Onvia’s series of proposal writing continues with this article on what to include in your proposal: “Responding to government RFPs (Requests for Proposals) can be tricky, since there are not always requirements or standards to be used. The problem is that there is no universal standard for layout or composition when it comes to government […]