MS Word: How to Plan an Index

MS Word tutorials. In this part of our series on how to create an index, we look at the first step. How to plan the index. What do you need to consider when creating an index, what criteria should you consider, who will use the index, and how will it be structured. MS Word: How to […]

MS Word: How to Delete an Index Entry

MS Word Tutorial Series. In this week’s tutorial, we look at how to delete an Index Entry in MS Word. MS Word: How to Delete an Index Entry Select the index entry field, including the braces ({}), and press DELETE. If you don’t see the XE fields, click Show/Hide in the Paragraph group on the Home tab. To update the index, do one of […]

MS Word: How to Edit an Index Entry

MS Word Tutorial Series. In this week’s tutorial, we look at how to edit an Index Entry in MS Word. Edit or format an index entry and update the index If you don’t see the XE fields, click Show/Hide in the Paragraph group on the Home It looks like a backwards P. Find the XE field for the entry that you want to change, for example, { XE “Poodle” […]

How to Merge (Combine) Two Versions of a MS Word Document (with screenshots)

In this tutorial we show how to merge (combine) two versions of the same Word document into one new document. After merging the document, MS Word shows the differences with revision marks. How to Merge Two Versions of a MS Word Document Open the first document that you want to compare. On the Review menu, point to Compare, […]

How to Compare Two Versions of a MS Word Document (with Screenshots)

In this tutorial we show how to compare two versions of the same Word document so we can see what changes were made to each document. After comparing the documents, Word shows the differences with revision marks. Knowing how to compare documents can be very useful, for example, when reviewing documents submitted by different writers. Quite […]

How to Delete or Rename a Word file using Windows Explorer

Follow these instructions to delete or rename a Word file using Windows Explorer, for example, if this error message is displayed: “The action can’t be completed because the file is open in Microsoft Office Word”. How to Delete or Rename a Word file using Windows Explorer In Windows Explorer, click Tools. Select Folder options. Select […]

How to Create a Drop-Down List in MS Word (With Screenshots)

Let’s look at how to create a drop-down list in MS Word Before we start: If you don’t see the Developer tab, click File, Options, Customize Ribbon, and select Developer. How to Create a Drop-down List – Short version On the Developer tab, in the Controls group, click the Drop-Down List Select the content control, and then on the Developer tab, click Properties. To create […]

Office 365 User Guide

Office 365 is the future of MS Office. In the following tutorials, we look at how to write, edit, and format MS Word documents using the new Office 365 suite. We’ll also Excel, PowerPoint, Flow, and Dynamics 365. Office 365 Overview of Apps Office 365 includes the following suite of apps. Scroll down to the […]

How to Delete a Blank Page In MS Word

If you can’t delete a blank page in your MS Word document, it’s probably because a section break has been created or was copy/pasted in accidentally. Here’s how to get rid of the section break and delete the blank page: Click the PAGE LAYOUT 5th from the left on the top menu. Click the Page Setup icon in the lower-right […]

How to Use Wildcards to Replace Text in MS Word

In this tutorial, we look at how to use the wildcard option in the File and Replace menu to replace text in your MS Word documents. Wildcards help you search for: Variations of words Multiple words at once Similar groups of words. Find specific letters Search for text For example, the asterisk (*) wildcard searches […]

How to Fix the Spellchecker in MS Word

This tutorial explains how to fix the Spell Checker in Word if it stops working, for example, if it does not find typos in your documents. How to Fix the Spellchecker in MS Word Do you get these error messages when you click Spelling & Grammar or hit F7? It says no errors were found even […]

How to Turn Off Compatibility Mode in Word

If you try to open an older version of a MS Word document, that is, with the .doc file extension, you might see a message that your file is in compatibility mode. What does this mean? In plain English, this means your doc was saved in an older version of Word, typically Word 97-2003, and because […]

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 […]

How to Compare Two Versions of Word 2013 Documents

If you have two Word documents and want to see the differences between them, use the Compare feature in Word. You can also merge two versions in the same document. However, be careful. Make sure you merge A into B, not B into A. How to Compare Two Versions of Word 2013 Documents You can […]

How to Move Chapters in Word (Without Damaging the Format)

Here’s the right way to move chapters in MS Word. Instead of copy and pasting, and losing text and formatting, use the Outline view to move the chapters around. This ensures that you lose no content and that all the formatting is still in place. Here’s how it works. If your page begins with a […]