How to Fix Corrupt MS Word Files

If your MS Word document becomes corrupt, follow these steps to fix it. Open the document in Microsoft Word. Cut and paste the images to a new file. WARNING: DON’T SAVE THE FILE YET! In Word, select File, Save As HTML.Name the file with an HTML extension, e.g. Proposal.html and then Exit Word. Re-open Word. […]

MS Word: How To Put Chapter Title In the Header or Footer

One way to make your Microsoft Word documents more professional is to use the Header and Footers to include information that helps the reader. Today, I’ll show you how to add some useful information to the header/footer areas.

A simple example is to include the Document Name or Chapter title in the footer. This helps the reader if they print out the document and also gives me a better sense of what they’re reading.

How to Insert the Document Name in MS Word Header/Footer (using Document Properties)

Last week I showed you how to add a Chapter Heading to your Microsoft Word documents. The nice thing about this is that it shows the reader where they are in the document at any give time. That works great for long documents, such as Business Plans, where the reader may have hundreds of pages to read through. But, what if you only want to show the document title in the footer?

How to Recover an Earlier Version of a Document if MS Word Crashes

In this tutorial, we look at how to recover a document if MS Word crashes unexpectedly. Did you know that Word makes versions of your documents? It does. Why? So that when things go bananas you can go back to one of these old versions and start again. Isn’t that handy? How to Recover an […]

Video: How to Underline Chapter Headings in MS Word

In this video, we show how to create an underline for chapter headings in MS Word.  

Video: How to Speed Format MS Word Documents

In this video Ivan explains how to speed format your MS Word documents and templates. If you have a question, please leave it on the YouTube channel. MS Word – 3 Ways to Speed Format Documents YouTube Video Tutorials Subscribe and get great tutorials every week.

10 Ways to Improve Your Business Proposal Format

Proposal Format. Your Business Proposal should match the Request For Proposal guidelines and include a three-page executive summary. This applies to proposals to Government, Research, Sales and Construction Proposals. How do I format my Business Proposal? If the Government agency’s Request For Proposal does not provide guidelines, then format your proposal as follows:

10 Steps to Writing ‘Plain Language’ Business Proposals

I found the Plain Language writing technique by accident. It’s also called Plain English, by the way. I was reading a lot about Warren Buffet a few years back and came across a nice, short document he wrote for the SEC. These are the folks who submit legal and business document to Wall Street when […]

11 Quick Proposal Writing Tips

Looking for tips to format Business Proposals? These writing guidelines will help with Sales, Grant, Government and Research Proposals.

How to Write Abstracts – Part 1

I had planned to call this article ‘The Nine-Step Strategy for Writing Summaries That Intrigue Readers’ but had a second look. It’s a bit long. And as this article is about writing headlines, summaries and abstracts, well… Let’s stick to the plan.

“An abstract highlights the key points you want your reader to remember after they’ve read your document.“

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 […]

Why grammar is (probably) not your problem

Know the difference between affect and effect? Or where to use that but not which? Or when to use which but not with a comma before it? I know. MS Word forbids it. But can expect from a bot? Anyway… You could fill several multi-story car parks with people who — or is it that? […]

[Tutorial] How to Create an Outline for a Business Document

You wouldn’t go to Paris without a map, would you? Ok, you might find the Eiffel Tower but could you find your way to Notre Dame? A map would help right? It’s the same in writing. Why do we need an outline? An outline is a map of your document. It help you, as a […]

White Paper – Document Review Checklist

When writing white papers, the document review phase helps you identify gaps, improve the organization, correct flaws in the narrative, and iron out other weaknesses. White Paper – peer review checklist The document review phase is often overlooked or dismissed as an irritating editing task. But if it’s rushed through, to close to the publication […]

How to Design a Table Layout

Use tables to help readers understand large amounts of data which otherwise may take several paragraphs to describe. The main parts of a table are: Table number – number every table and use the same numbering format throughout the document. Title – provide a brief but descriptive title. You don’t need to write a complete […]