An Interesing Week

The last week has been interesting, to say the least. Those who have been reading my newsletter for any length of time know that I live in Wyoming and that I often go and visit my parents, who live in Arizona. I haven't been visiting them hardly at all over the past six months due to the coronavirus pandemic. You see, my father just turned 88 and I didn't want to bring any potential for exposure his way.

Well, on Tuesday he told me that he had received word that his COVID test had come back positive--he had caught the coronavirus all on his own. No idea where, and he wasn't exhibiting any symptoms that required hospitalization. (That's good news!) He did, however, need to self-quarantine for 14-20 days from the time of his first symptoms. Which means that he (and my mother) needed to hunker down all the way through August 20.

So, off I went to Arizona on Tuesday. Why? Because I know my father well enough that "staying in" is hard for him. If I was there to run their errands, bring them food, and see to their needs, it would be better for them. So, now I'm in my Arizona apartment, remaining socially distanced from them yet available and accessible for their needs. And I will be here for the next few weeks as things play out in their quarantine adventures. It is hard to be away from my family, but I cannot in good conscience turn my back on the needs of my parents. (Like I said, an interesting week.)

So, how has your week been? I hope it has been a good one for you and yours. I also hope that you find the tips in this week's newsletter to be helpful.

—Allen
     

WordTips (menu) for 8 August 2020

Macros extend Word
Selecting to the Next Punctuation Mark

Writing macros often involves selecting different parts of your document so that some sort of processing can be performed. If you want to select text starting at the current insertion point to the next punctuation mark, you'll appreciate the techniques discussed in this tip.

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(Thanks to Ron Solecki for contributing to this tip.)

 
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Controlling Display of the Status Bar

The status bar is used to display all sorts of information about the document on which you are working. Depending on your version of Word, you can easily turn the status bar off if you never use it.

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Do You Need an Index?

Word includes dozens of tools that, if used properly, can make your documents easier for readers to use. Chief among these tools are those that allow you to create indexes and special tables. Here's how you can master these these tools to benefit your documents and your readers.

 
Envelopes
Placeholders for Stamps

Got a reply envelope you want to create? Why not put a placeholder for the stamp on the envelope? It's easy to do if you know how.

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Creating Tables with Specific Column Widths

Create a table and Word figures out column widths by dividing the horizontal space by the number of columns you want in the table. You can use this feature to your advantage when creating tables by applying the simple technique described in this tip.

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