Guy Hart-Davis is the author of Windows XP and Office 2003 Keyboard Shortcuts, Mac OS X and Office v.X Keyboard Shortcuts, Word 2000 Developer's Handbook, and about 30 other computer books.
Word Annoyancesby Guy Hart-Davis, Brett Johnson
When most people think of word processing, they think of Microsoft Word. After all, it has been around for more than 20 years-practically an eternity in computer time. But Word has also provided its users-nearly everyone on the face of the planet-with an endless supply of annoyances. That is, until now. Word Annoyances offers to the point (and often/i>
When most people think of word processing, they think of Microsoft Word. After all, it has been around for more than 20 years-practically an eternity in computer time. But Word has also provided its users-nearly everyone on the face of the planet-with an endless supply of annoyances. That is, until now. Word Annoyances offers to the point (and often opinionated) solutions to your most vexing editing, formatting, printing, faxing, and scanning problems. It covers everything from installation and templates to tables, columns, and graphics. For example, learn how to stop Word from searching the Web for help, and how to enter the same text easily in multiple parts of a document-and keep it updated automatically. It also provides a gentle introduction to the power of macros so you can slay your annoyances by the truckload. The fixes will work with most versions of Word, including Word 2000, Word 2002 (also known as Word XP), and Word 2003.Among the topics covered:
- Deal with installation issues, crashes, and slowdowns, and dispose of the Office Assistant-either temporarily or forever.
- Master templates, numbering, graphics, hyperlinks, tabs, tables, headers, and other everyday annoyances.
- Tame some of Word's wiliest features, such as Smart Cut and Paste, Click and Type, Mail Merge, AutoCorrect, and AutoText.
- Printing, Faxing, and Scanning-need we say more?
- Learn to output and distribute your documents with confidence.
- Need to work with other Microsoft applications or Macs? You'll find annoyances dealing with Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, as well as a whole chapter just on Mac Word.
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Does Word annoy you? If it does, buy this book? Why you ask? Because, author Guy Hart-Davis has done an outstanding job of making Word less annoying in this book. Hart-Davis begins by prompting you to prevent Word from demanding the installation CD, or installing multiple versions of Word on the same PC. Next, the author exploits the power of templates to minimize the annoyances of creating and saving documents at home or at work. Then, he deals with common annoyances in Word's views. The author continues by getting the mysterious 'Normal template' under control and changing its settings. In addition, the author next shows you how to prevent users from accessing certain parts of a document, by forcing them to fill in the rest with suitable data. He also shows you how to deal with printing annoyances, add faxing capabilities to Word, and scan hardcopy text and graphics into your documents. The author next shows you how to make a table appear at the start page, and how to get a table away from the start of a document when it's stuck there. Next, the author shows you how to record macros, edit them, and write them from scratch, with examples of specific VBA-quashable annoyances and generic approaches that you can turn on your own annoyances. Then, he shows you how to minimize annoyances with object linking and embedding (OLE). Finally, he shows you how to deal with crashes and performance annoyances on the MAC. With the preceding in mind, the author has done an excellent job of focusing on Word for Windows because, that's what most of you are using. At the end of the day, you'll see hundreds of concentrated annoyances with solutions that will calm your colleagues, impress your friends, and confound your enemies.