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WORD: How to change bullet color (5/14)

Changing the color of the bullets in a WORD document is easy – just not as obvious as you might think:

  • Select the lines that comprise your list, then click on the small arrow next to the bullet icon and select “Define New Bullet” as shown below.


  • Then select “Font” and select your desired bullet color..
  • And now you will have colored bullets!Bullets3

WORD: Track changes efficiency tips (5/14)

We use Track Changes all the time to collaborate on documents – proposals, contracts, marketing collateral and more. It is a terrific tool to help take input from multiple people while not losing control of a document. These tips will help you use Track Changes a little bit more efficiently:

Use comments to ask a question or seek clarification. If you want to suggest a change, just go ahead and make it – the author can always reject or modify it!

Don’t highlight, italicize, underline or otherwise change the format of text unless you mean the change to be part of the final document. It creates work for the author to remove it.

Sometimes you may want to turn off Track Changes while you make a change, and then turn it on again. Use this sparingly, and usually only if you are the original author! This tip from July 2011 tells you how to add Track Changes to your status bar so that you can easily turn it on and off.

You can customize Track Changes by clicking the small arrow next to the Track Changes group, as shown below


    Word: Restrict Editing by user or section (4/14)

    WORD 2013 allows you to restrict editing by user, by privileges and by section of the document. For example, you might want some users to only be able to insert comments, while others can make changes to the text. Or, you might want some staff commenting on an introductory section of your document and others on the body.

    To do this, go to File – Protect Document – Restrict Editing as shown below:

    RestrictEditingYou will then see a panel on the right of the document as shown below:


    By selecting parts of the document you can easily tailor your restrictions.

    This link will provide more details about the features that are available.

    Auto Correction – a good thing gone wild? (12/13)

    Microsoft Office programs have the ability to watch what we are typing and automatically correct common mistakes. This is usually great, and saves us lots of time. BUT – once in a while there is a word that you need to use that Microsoft Office thinks is wrong. We had this situation with the acronym “EHR”, which stands for Electronic Health Record. Because we work with many healthcare practices some of us type EHR many times each day and Office was changing “EHR” to “HER” every time we did so. And if we managed to stop Office and get it to let us type “EHR”, when we used spell check it would make the change then. To stop this:

    • Select File – Options (this is for Office 2013, for Office 2010 Options will be under the Office symbol in the upper left of your document)
    • Select Proofing – AutoCorrect OptionsWordOptions
    • Scrolling down in the table of auto corrections we see that Office will automatically replace “ehr” with “her”AutoCorrectA
    • Delete this entry, so Office will no longer automatically make this correction.
    • We still have one more step. While this correction won’t be made automatically, but spell check might try and we’d like to eliminate that step if we can. To do this click “exceptions” and add “ehr as an AutoCorrect Exception.

    Inserting video in your WORD documents (10/13)

    With the explosion of video online there is lots of opportunity to insert video in your WORD documents. Perhaps there is an online video that explains how to do something, or a recent news story that illustrates a point you are trying to make. Using WORD 2013 you can easily insert video into your documents – just follow these steps:

    • Select Insert – Online Video


    • You can now search on a specific URL, input search terms that might apply or insert Video Embed Code. Once you have found the video you want, select it and you will see something like this:


    • Note that the video image is just like any other image – you can resize it, position it, crop it, etc. When the reader clicks the image (assuming that they are online) the video will start playing.

    Add a line without a bullet in a bulleted list (WORD) (9/13)

    In a bulleted list, new lines automatically get a bullet. You can get around this a couple of ways:

    If you press “Shift-Enter” then the line is indented but there is no bullet:

    • This is the first line
      This is the second line – note that there is no bullet.

    Or you can create the same effect by pressing “Backspace” immediately after “Enter”:

    • This is the first line
      A bullet is created for this line when you press “Enter” but it disappears when you press “Backspace”

    Note that the first method (“Shift-Enter”) creates two paragraphs, which can be important for other formatting techniques. The second method (“Backspace” after “Enter”) creates a single paragraph.

    Getting rid of formatting (8/13)

    Many of us spend lots of time formatting our documents, but once in a while we need to get rid of all formatting and either start over or just insert text and take advantage of existing formatting. The most sure-fire way to do this is to use Notepad*. Open Notepad by clicking the Start button and typing Notepad in the search bar, then click Notepad as shown here.
    A blank Notepad window will open as shown below.

    Any text that you paste into Notepad will automatically be cleaned of all formatting. You can then just copy and paste into your target document and you will be left with just plain text!

    *Notepad is a simple text editor for Microsoft Windows. Learn More

    Just like a real highlighter (6/13)

    WORD has a very nice highlighting tool but it can be difficult to highlight multiple sections of a document. Here’s how:

    Before selecting any text, click on the highlight tool on the ribbon (Home Tab in the Font Group) as shown below:

    Note that you can just select the highlight tool or you can select the small down arrow next to the tool to change the color.

    Once you have selected the highlight tool, you can go on to highlight various parts of your document, moving around wherever you please. Pressing “Escape” (Esc) or clicking on any other area of the ribbon will take you out of highlight mode.

    Note: this works as described in WORD 2013 and 2010.

    Originally in June 2013 BE Eye

    Moving a graphic just a little bit (5/13)

    Once you have placed a graphic in an Office document (usually Word or PowerPoint) you often need to move it around. You can drag it with your mouse but sometimes you need to move it “just a little bit.” To nudge a graphic, first select the graphic and then use the arrow keys. If you want even more control (smaller movements), hold down the Ctrl key as you press an arrow key. This moves the graphic a single pixel for each key stroke.

    Note that if this does not seem to work it may be because of the Text Wrapping Style that is selected (see below).

    TextWrappingStyleIf you have specified that the picture be In line with the text you won’t be able to move it around – it will stay in line with the text! Choose another option for text wrapping and you should be able to move your graphic. Text Wrapping Options can be found under Format Picture > Layout > Wrapping Style.

    WORD: Writing to a word count (4/13)

    When you need to write to a specific word count (online forms, college applications, etc.) it is great to know the number of words in your document as you are working on it.

    Word has a Status Bar at the bottom of the screen that can include word count and other useful parameters. This is available in WORD 2007, 2010 and 2013. To use this feature:

    • Right-click on a blank area of the bar (highlighted) at the bottom of your WORD window as shown below:WORD_Status_Bar
    • The menu below will appear. Select “Word Count” and when that option is checked the word count will appear on your status bar and will update as you work on the document.WORD_Status_Bar2
    • When you select (left click) any of the parameters that appear on the Status Bar the complete menu for that parameter will appear. So, when you click on “Words: 325″ the menu below pops up:WORD_Status_Bar3
    • When you select text in the document the word count for your selection will be displayed along with the total word count for the document, as shown below:WORD_Status_Bar4
    • Note that you can select other “nice to know” parameters – Track Changes, Caps Lock and more.

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