Mastering MS Word 2007- three essential tips for freelance writers

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Mastering MS Word

Mastering MS Word

Writers and freelancers using Office 2007, specifically MS Word 2007, see obvious changes. Mastering Microsoft’s bloated programs is never easy and figuring out the arbitrary face lifts that don’t really benefit the user is puzzling. Here are three quick and essential tips for writers and freelancers too busy to read huge how-to’s about MS Word.

  1. First, know this: The chaotic top menus in Word 2007 are there forever. The user can’t revert to classic menu view. Word’s cacophony can be made somewhat less annoying. Right click in the menu bars at the top of the Word interface and click on Minimize the ribbon. That makes the visible montage of menus disappear. When you want any of those functions, click the tab that contains the function needed and its commands will reappear. To reset the screen to the default, with chaos intact, right click in the toolbar area again.
  2. Looking for the File menu you once loved? If you click the button at top, left, with the MS Office logo on it, you’ll find all the familiar File commands in a drop down. At the bottom of that drop down, there is an Option command – one of the choices is to show mini toolbar. Toggle that on and off to control a formatting window. When on, it opens right above your cursor when you highlight a piece of text to format it. It disappears once you’ve applied formatting. It’s pretty convenient and doesn’t require you to sift through menus to find formatting like bold, Italics, font and so forth.  You can also use ctrl“button commands to format on the fly. Highlight some text. Hold hold ctrl and hit I to italicize, B to bold, C to cut, V to paste.
  3. If you’re putting a cut and paste doc together from a lot of other documents matching the font and size is easier than setting a bookmark. When you finish pasting clips from various sources into a single doc highlight a piece of text that is the font and size you wish to end up with. Now click on the paint brush you see under the formatting tools. Drag your cursor across all the wrongly formatted text on the page. You’ll see the text change – deselect and it’s formatted the way you wanted it.

These three tips are true time savers and go a long way toward minimizing the aggravation built into MS Word 2007. More time saved equals more time to sell your writing and make money.

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2 Responses to “Mastering MS Word 2007- three essential tips for freelance writers”

  1. Which is why I never use MS Word 2007. I prefer to use MS Works Word. It has a simple interface to avoid confusion.

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