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Working For Free

“Welcome ladies and gentlemen to tonight’s heavyweight championship fight… In the blue corner we have “those who say you should never work for free……and in the red corner we have…” Make no bones about it, …

06 – Assign Shortcut Key

Now we add a new toolbar and add the macros as buttons (so we 1-click run them). That’s the end of this little series of improving Microsoft Word’s ‘Save As’ workflow. I hope you’ve enjoyed …

05 – Add to Toolbar

Now we add a new toolbar and add the macros as buttons (so we 1-click run them). In the next video, video 6, we’ll look at how to up the game and efficiency by assigning …

04 – Developer’s Tab

Word hides the developer’s tab by default, so we need to know how to view it, to setup our environment, and to add and compile the code. Depending on how your pc’s setup, you also …

02 – Code Walkthrough

In this video, we walkthrough the code line-by-line. Word macros have a bad rep because of all the nasties that have occurred in the past, but as we’ll see, when you look at the code …

Simple Mail Merge Using Excel

A question was asked on Quora about how to merge a list of 500+ names into a Microsoft Word form. Word’s mail merge feature is a very powerful and useful tool that makes doing this …

  • 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.