The Archives are Available

This past week I announced the availability of the WordTips archives for last year (2020). I'm glad to finally have them put together; I worked quite hard to have them ready early this year.

If you are new to WordTips, you might not know what an "archive" is. The simplest way to explain it is that an archive is every tip published in a calendar year, collected into an e-book and organized by topic. It is a much better way to access what was published during the year than by accessing the e-mails you may have kept.

If you want to see what is in the 2020 archive, you can do so at this page:

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The archives are currently on sale, meaning that you can get them (for a limited time) for 30% off their regular price. This applies not only to the 2020 archive, but to all the archives for the past 5 years (2016 through 2020). If you want more information, you can find it on this page:

https://store.tips.net/T009953

—Allen
     

WordTips (menu) for 9 January 2021

Tables
Resizing Table Columns with the Mouse

Once a table is inserted in your document, you can use the mouse to adjust the width of columns. The effect the mouse pointer has on column widths depends, primarily, on your use of keys such as Shift and Ctrl.

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Word is a great word processor
Entering Many Items In a Drop-Down Form Field

One of the controls you can add to a Word form is a drop-down form field. This field is similar to drop-down lists used in various dialog boxes. If you have many, many items you want in the drop-down list, then you may need to consider different options, described in this tip, for getting the type of form you want.

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These Autos are Amazing!

Word provide four "auto" tools that can make developing documents faster, easier, and more consistent. When you put AutoText, AutoComplete, AutoCorrect, and AutoFormat to work for you, you've harnessed some serious tools. Uncover the secrets of these tools!

 
Files
Saving in PostScript Format

Word can save your document in PostScript format so that it can be easily processed by other programs that work with PostScript. To get the PostScript file, you simply print using a PostScript printer driver.

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Spelling and grammar
Changing How Word Flags Compound Words

It is not uncommon to add hyphens between words to help clarify the meaning of your prose. You might even add non-breaking hyphens so that the two connected words stay on the same line. But if doing so means that Word flags your connected words as somehow in error, then you might rightly question what is going on. This tip examines the problem and discusses a couple of ways you can try to get around it.

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