Microsoft Word has developed into one of the most widely used word processors worldwide since its introduction in 1983, but not everyone is taking full advantage of the program’s capabilities. Doctor and author Tessa R. Davis provided some helpful advice on Twitter that can improve your usage of Microsoft Word and make you a more proficient user.
Here are a few of the most practical advice:
Start Your Document from any Point
Sometimes you’d like to begin typing someplace else, such as in the middle of the document, rather than at the beginning. Repeatedly press the enter key and the spacebar to start at any point you wish. Microsoft Word will precisely set the cursor where you would like it to be so you can start typing by double clicking the desired spot.
The “concentration mode” in Microsoft Word is a specific option for when you need to concentrate and focus on what you are writing. The concentration mode removes all distractions, including the ribbon menu at the top of the window and the white space in the document’s backdrop, providing you with a tidy workspace for your typing. Go to the view tab and choose focus mode to turn on focus mode.
Create a Microsoft Document from a PDF.
Everyone knows how helpful it is to convert a Microsoft Word document into a PDF, but did you realize that the reverse was also possible? When you choose a PDF file from the File>Open menu in Word, Word instantly converts it into an editable Word document. Please be aware that while Word is attempting to make it editable, it might not precisely resemble the original document. Images can also be used using this function.
Arrange Lists in Alphabetical Order
You may organize a list of words in either an alphabetical or reverse order if it is on a document. Simply choose the text you wish to sort, navigate to the home tab, and click the sort symbol. When you do this, a dialogue box appears where you may provide the sort’s parameters, such as whether you want the list to be arranged alphabetically or reverse alphabetically.
Add References and Citations
It can be challenging to reference various publications and information sources, especially when the citation style varies based on the use case, as you will learn if you write research papers and other academic documents. Microsoft Word, however, may assist you with that by automatically including references and citations properly. Enter the information about the work you wish to cite by clicking “insert citation” on the “References” tab. Later, you may add a bibliography or a list of references to the end of your document, and Microsoft Word will automatically format it in the manner you want.