It’s safe to say that almost anyone who has ever used a PC has also used Microsoft Word. Whether you’re a teacher, student, engineer, writer, lawyer or a blogger, Word is an essential tool. Most of us think we know our way around Word, but very few will truly get to know the true capabilities of such a complex piece of software. With Microsoft Word, there is always something new to learn, a small trick or tweak that makes your writing so much easier. If you want to know more, keep reading.
Text selection is pretty intuitive in Word. If you want to select a word, you do it by double-clicking on it, and triple-click selects a whole paragraph. If you need to select a single sentence, without having to drag the mouse from one side of the line to another, press Ctrl and click on any word, and that should do it. The same principle goes when you want to select separate sentences or paragraphs throughout your text. If you’re working with tables, hold Alt and double-click to select an entire table.
If you’re doing some proofreading, or you’re helping a friend or a family member to edit their text, comments are a good way of pointing out errors. Adding comments is much easier than replying with a long email listing all of their mistakes. Instead, insert comments into the file. You should be able to do this by selecting a portion of the text, and then clicking on the Review tab in the Ribbon bar. Once there, select New comment.
Use Keyboard to Insert Bullets and Numbering
Personally, I’ve always been comfortable using my mouse to do this (i.e. too lazy to actually learn how to use my keyboard for something else besides putting words together), but using your keyboard to do this is much easier and it will save you a lot of time. You can do this by typing an asterisk, and then hitting the spacebar. This will auto-create a bullet list, and the same goes for numbers or dashes.
Extending the Trial Period
Free trial period for Word is 30 days. However, there is a way you can extend that period, without having to pay for a license and activation. In fact, you can extend the trial a total of five times, which means you will be able to use Word for free for 180 days. Do the following: in command prompt, go to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform and run OSPPREARM.exe. That should do the trick.
Protecting Your Files
In case you’re sharing your computer with someone, you need to protect your privacy. The simplest way of going about it is protecting your docs with a password. While in Word, go to File > Info > Protect Document > Encrypt with Password.
Of course, these tricks are just the tip of the iceberg, and there are literarily thousands of others which can help you use Word more smoothly and efficiently.