An Overdue Vacation

You may have thought from all my ramblings in this Publisher's Notes section that I take a lot of vacations. I don't, really. Most of my travel is either for business or to support (in some fashion) another member of my family. Real vacations are something that, for me, are few and far between.

In fact, the last real vacation I can remember was about a decade ago when my wife and I took off for Acapulco. That was an adventure for us, as we had never been to that destination together.

Right now we are reaching the end of another (long overdue) vacation. This one is also an adventure for us—we've planned it for over a year. This is our first trip to the Caribbean, specifically to St. Maarten. The stay has been awesome and very (very) relaxing.

We'll be winging home tomorrow, however, with memories to last until the next time we are able to get away on a real vacation.

—Allen
     

WordTips (menu) for 13 September 2014

AutoText
Restoring or Recreating AutoText Entries

When you first install Word, it includes a number of pre-defined AutoText entries. If you delete any of these entries (either on purpose or by mistake), you may wonder how you can get them back. This tip explains a couple of things you can try to get what you need.

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AutoCorrect
Using AutoText and AutoCorrect Effectively

AutoText and AutoCorrect are closely related tools that can help you improve the productivity of your typing. This tip explains how you can use these tools most effectively in your usage of Word.

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Word Macros, from the Ground Up

Macros are the key to making Word do what you really want it to do. I've written a complete tutorial that explains, from the ground up, how you can harness the power of macros. Word VBA Guidebook provides the information you need to finally conquer Word macros.

 
Microsoft Chart
Selecting a Chart Pattern

If you don't have Excel installed on your system, Microsoft Graph is a handy way to create simple charts for your documents. You can select the patterns used in the various parts of the chart by using the ideas in this tip.

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Word is a great word processor
Condensing and Expanding Headings

When working in Outline view, you'll undoubtedly have the need to expand or condense information under your headings. It is easy to do using the tools that Word provides for outlines.

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