If you use Microsoft Word to create your documents, then you are probably familiar with the features you use every day. But there are many features that fly under the radar this can be just as useful, if not more so.
Here are some Word features you should use. These tools can save you time, improve the readability of your document, and even improve your overall Microsoft Word experience.
Using the Quick Part tool in Word, you can save things like snippets of text, signatures, tables, etc. Then just re-insert them with a few clicks.
Select what you want to save in your document by dragging the cursor over it. Go to the Insert tab, click the Explore Quick Parts drop-down arrow, and select “Save selection to Quick Part Gallery.”
Name your quick part, add any other details as you wish, and click OK.
Then, to reuse your item, go to the same drop-down menu and select it. It will then appear directly in your document.
You can also use other Quick Parts features to save time. Look using the AutoText function or explore adding fields with document properties.
If you write a lot in Word, especially for things that need your full attention, you can enjoy distraction writing with Focus.
Turn on the feature by selecting “Focus” in the status bar or in the View tab.
You’ll see your document take up the entire screen without tape, status bar, or anything else that interferes with your concentration.
Move your cursor to the top at any time to show these items again or to deselect focus and return to your normal view.
You may find yourself in a situation where you cannot enter your document as usual. S Dictation function in Microsoft Wordyou can pronounce your words exactly as you would write them.
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Go to the Home tab and select “Dictation” in the Voice of the Ribbon section.
When the dictation toolbar appears, just start talking. Click the microphone icon to pause and resume.
You can select the gear icon to adjust your spoken language settings, automatically detect punctuation, and filter sensitive phrases.
Use X in the upper right corner of the toolbar to close the dictation tool when you’re done.
Another great one the function in Microsoft Office is the editor. With it you can check your document for spelling, grammar, punctuation, legibility and much more in one place.
Go to the Home tab and select “Editor” in the “Editor” section of the ribbon.
When the sidebar opens, you will see your result at the top. You can then review the necessary corrections, optional clarifications and see if such documents appear on the web.
Select Document Statistics in the Insights section to see the number of words and paragraphs, the mean of the word and sentence words, and the readability ratings for level and passive sentences.
Use X in the upper right corner of the editor’s sidebar to close the tool when you’re done.
When assembling a document, you may be moving blocks of text by cutting or copying and pasting. Alternatively, you can use these actions to insert pieces of text such as names, addresses, or instructions over and over again. S Clipboard toolyou can view your history and quickly reuse clipboard elements.
The clipboard in Microsoft Word contains up to 24 items at a time. This means that all those things you cut or copy during the day are just a click away.
Go to the Home tab and click the arrow in the lower right corner of the Clipboard section of the ribbon.
IN Clipboard history is displayed in the left sidebar. From there, you can review the items, select one to reuse, paste them all, or clear the history.
Have you ever needed a screenshot of another application on your desktop or even part of a window? The built-in Word screenshot tool did you cover
Go to the Insert tab and click the Screen Snapshot arrow in the Illustrations section of the ribbon. You will see all the other open windows on the desktop at the top. Just select one and its image will appear exactly in your Word document.
If you prefer to label part of a window or other application, select “Screen Trim” in the drop-down box instead.
When your cursor changes at a crossroads, swipe to capture what you need and release.
Your crop will appear immediately in your document.
If necessary, you can edit a screenshot or clip like any other image in Microsoft Word.
Another feature in Word that goes a little unnoticed is Research tool. With it, you can search almost anything on the Internet and insert details about it without leaving your document at all.
Go to the References tab and select “Explorer” in the Research tab of the ribbon.
The Researcher sidebar opens on the right. Enter your search word in the field and press Enter.
You will then see the results of your search. Choose one to read more. You can copy and paste the text you see in your document, then click the plus sign in the upper-right corner of the item in the sidebar to add a quote about it.
Researcher is a handy and useful tool for essays, articles and research papers.
These great features can help you, no matter what type of document, article, or paper you’re creating in Microsoft Word. Will you take advantage of them?
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