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Microsoft Word & Simple Macros

If you’re been using Word for any length of time, you know that certain tasks can get repetitive. I mean, really finger-tendon straining repetitive. When you’re pushing a deadline and you know your fingers are …

Avoiding Word Document Corruption

Avoiding Word Document Corruption

Since Microsoft did a major overhaul of Office for its 2007 release, document corruptions doesn’t happen anywhere near as often or as much as it used to. (Now there’s a blessing.) But, it will still …

Section breaks in Microsoft Word

Word Sections

I’ve deliberated over writing about section (and section breaks) for a while because I was wondering about the best way to approach this particular topic. You see, though essential, sections in Word are a little …

Microsoft Word Styles

Microsoft Word Styles

(Post 1st published in 2015) I know from my years of using Word, and working with documents and templates, that when using Word many people, immediately after starting the program, just see the blinking cursor …

  • 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.