Poetry In Motion – Making Microsoft Word’s Styles Work For You

In answer to the question, “How do I create equal spacing between phrases in Word? To look like a poem where there are no full stops but spacing between phrases. Is there a way to do this in Word without hitting the space bar a million times?” (link), I recorded this video.

In it, you’ll see how we can use styles to make our life really easy. When setup correctly, they can save considerable time and effort.

Default Tab Stops

When you press the tab key on your keyboard, the cursor will move 1.27 cm. This is Word’s default setting.

If you want to change this, then:

  1. Press Alt, O,T on your keyboard. This will open the Tab control:
  1. Change the Default tab stop, as highlighted in the above image, to the distance you want.
  2. Click Ok.

That’s it.

Don’t forget, if you need help with Word in your business, then feel free to get in touch.

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  • Even us power users curse Word sometimes, especially when for some unknown reason, one of our styles displays a black box instead of the number that it should show, corrupting the Table of Contents in the process. Or we fix a paragraph multiple times and it keeps insisting on changing back. Or we inherit a one-hundred page document that needs totally reformatting, one paragraph at a time. Enter Mr. Crowley’s course, Microsoft Word 2016 for Beginners*. 

    The one thing I liked best about the course was Mr. Crowley’s teaching style, clear, concise and reasonably paced. The material is thoughtfully laid out, one lesson flowing smoothly into the next.  Don’t let the course name fool you. After covering the basics, this course shows you how to do virtually anything that you might need. Document gotten so big that it could use a Table of Contents? Module 10. Need an index? Module 16. Want a numbered list and it needs sorted? Module 13. 

    These are just a few of the items taught in this course. You’ll definitely be scratching your head, thinking, “wow, I didn’t know Word could do that.

    Mr. Crowley could be called a “style and section evangelist”. He never misses an opportunity to emphasize that any misbehaving document probably has its roots in poorly-applied or unused styles and sections. I suspect this may be the root cause of my black squares for numbers identified earlier. After completing the course, the main benefit I have a better appreciation of Word’s bells and whistles, along with a resource for how to do things. I would recommend this course to users of all skill levels.  

    Rick Robertson Van Horn

    Sr. Systems Analyst & Sr. Programmer, & Word Power User

    *Note: this was the original name for this course.