10 Microsoft Word Life Hacks You Didn’t Know

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Oh, good old Microsoft Office. The times when the computer was equipped with MS Word only are gone for good and nowadays it’s the time of lifehacking! Some tips and tricks for the Microsoft Word are provided below to bring you some peace for the typing process as well as make your experience with MS as easygoing as possible.

Say “NO” to Distractions

When you’re working on your term paper or the essay that is due tomorrow you are in need of a distraction free space. The Microsoft Word experts provide users with an undisturbed peace that can be reached through a quick shortcut that can hide the Ribbon visual clutter. The user is required to simply press Ctrl+F1.

Bulleted List in a Flash!

To save your time while working with the MS Word, make sure to simply type the following symbols – (*) and then just press space. But before that make sure that your AutoFormat selections are set up!

Do the Translations on the Go

Microsoft Office uses MS Translator in order to deal with all the translations. When working with the Microsoft Word 2013, make certain to use the feature “Translate” directly from the “Review” tab. Look on the right and you will see the “Research” tab, where one can pick from the range of languages, and translate any word or any sentence (or even the whole document).

Compare & Contrast Two Documents

On the flipside, make sure to go “Tools – Track Changes” and click on the “Compare documents” in order to see the difference between two documents. This option is really useful if you are trying to find out whether essay.doc or essay1.doc is the final draft.

Say Goodbye to Copy/Paste

One more thing that is going to change the life of a writer. Just highlight the text block that you would like to move and then press F2, place the cursor directly where you wish to paste the block and then – Enter!

Attach the Placeholder Text

If you work in the area of marketing and advertising, then you most likely know how the placeholder text actually looks like. The question is about the lines upon lines of Latin that have no meaning at all. There are two tricky things in the MS Word regarding the process of adding the placeholder text into the document without the necessity to type it. First of all, ensure to type =rand(p,l) and then go with Enter in order to insert lines (l) and paragraphs (p) for each. Or, as an alternative, you can type =lorem(p,l) in order to fill the MS Word document with the lines and paragraphs of the familiar Latin text.

Highlight Some Cool Text Segments

If the user needs to point out the words that are placed in the middle of the paragraph, he can easily hold down the key “ALT” when highlighting the text.

From Tables to Graphs

Microsoft Word makes it easy to covert tables into graphs. All you should do is to create a chart in Microsoft Word instead of racking your brain with Excel. Just choose the table and then click the Insert tab. Within the “Text” group make sure to click the “Object” tool and then open the “Object dialog box”. Proceed to the “Object Types” and select “MS Graph Chart”. Then end it up with OK.

Use Equation Editor

People, who think that only Excel formulas can help them, will be glad to know that there’s an Equation Editor in MS Word. To avail of it, one should go the following way: Insert – Equation – Insert New Equation.

Get a Quick Access to the Thesaurus

A simple shortcut that can be performed with a combination Fn+Shift+F7 will provide you with an opportunity to use the thesaurus.