Word Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming Your Text


As one of the applications in Microsoft Office, Word is the dominant word-processing program for both Windows and Mac users. Millions of people around the globe use it. But many, if not most, of them barely skim the surface of what is possible with Microsoft Word. Seduced by the application's supposed simplicity, they settle for just what's obvious—even if it doesn't satisfy their wants and needs. They may curse the wretched Bullets and Numbering buttons multiple times a day or take hours to change the font size ...

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As one of the applications in Microsoft Office, Word is the dominant word-processing program for both Windows and Mac users. Millions of people around the globe use it. But many, if not most, of them barely skim the surface of what is possible with Microsoft Word. Seduced by the application's supposed simplicity, they settle for just what's obvious—even if it doesn't satisfy their wants and needs. They may curse the wretched Bullets and Numbering buttons multiple times a day or take hours to change the font size of every heading in a lengthy report, yet they're reluctant to dig deeper to take advantage of Word's immense capabilities and limitless customization tools.Let Word Hacks be your shovel. Let it carve your way into Word and make this most popular and powerful application do precisely what you want it to do. Filled with insider tips, tools, tricks, and hacks, this book will turn you into the power user you always wanted to be. Far beyond a tutorial, Word Hacks assumes you have a solid working knowledge of the application and focuses on showing you exactly how to accomplish your pressing tasks, address your frequent annoyances, and solve even your most complex problems.Author Andrew Savikas examines Word's advanced (and often hidden) features and delivers clever, time-saving hacks on taming document bloat, customization, complex search and replace, Tables of Contents and indexes, importing and exporting files, tables and comments, and even using Google as a dictionary! With him as your guide, you'll soon be understanding—and hacking—Word in ways you never thought possible.Covering Word 2000, 2002 and Word 2003, Word Hacks exposes the inner workings of Word and releases your inner hacker; with it, you will be equipped to take advantage of the application s staggering array of advanced features that were once found only in page layout programs and graphics software and turning Word into your personal productivity powerhouse.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596004934
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Hacks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Savikas works in the O'Reilly Tools Group, where he helps the Production department turn manuscripts into O'Reilly books. Andrew also works with FrameMaker, FrameScript, InDesign, DocBook XML, Perl, Python, Ruby, and whatever else he finds lying around the office. He has a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

About the Author;
Why Word Hacks?;
How to Use This Book;
How This Book Is Organized;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using Code Examples;
How to Contact Us;
Got a Hack?;
Chapter 1: Word Under the Hood;
1.1 Introduction: Hacks #1-2;
1 Tweak the Interface;
2 Macros 101: A Crash Course;
Chapter 2: The Word Workspace;
2.1 Introduction: Hacks #3-13;
3 Hack Your Shortcut Menus;
4 Create Custom Views;
5 Revert to Saved;
Quickly Change Your File → Open Path;
7 Report and Review Your Options;
8 Force Internet Explorer to Hand Off Word Documents;
9 Tweak the New Document Task Pane;
10 Browse All Button Images;
11 Create a Custom Button Image;
12 Hack the Office Assistant;
13 Build a Better MRU;
Chapter 3: Formatting, Printing, and Table Hacks;
3.1 Introduction: Hacks #14-26;
14 Insert Placeholder Text;
15 Sample Your System Fonts;
16 Tab Me to Your Leader;
17 Make Styles More Manageable with Aliases;
18 Make a Simple Bar Graph;
19 Put Footnotes in Tables;
20 Repeat a Section Heading Across Pages;
21 Simplify Borders Around Imported Images;
22 Make More Flexible Captions;
23 Make PDFs Without Acrobat;
24 Create a Custom Text Watermark;
25 Include Only Part of a Heading in a TOC;
26 Put Crop Marks on a Page;
Chapter 4: Editing Power Tools;
4.1 Introduction: Hacks #27-44;
27 Crunch Numbers Quickly in Word;
28 Unlink Every Hyperlink;
29 Exclude Text from Find and Replace;
30 Use Character Codes to Find or Insert Special Characters;
31 Find/Replace in Multiple Files;
32 Find and Replace Without Find and Replace;
33 Quickly Create a Custom Dictionary;
34 Create a Dictionary Exclusion List;
35 Disable Overtype Permanently;
36 Delete All Comments in a Document;
37 Delete All Bookmarks in a Document;
38 Turn Comments into Regular Text;
39 Apply Context-Sensitive Formatting;
40 Send a Document as a Plain-Text Outlook Email;
41 Swap Revision Authors;
42 Corral Basic Bullets and Numbering;
43 Cross-Reference Automatically;
44 Hack More Flexible Cross-Referencing;
Chapter 5: Templates and Outlines;
5.1 Introduction: Hacks #45-50;
45 Create an Outline-Only Copy of a Document;
46 Build a Better Outline;
47 Use an Outline to Build an Org Chart;
48 Attach the Same Template to Multiple Files;
49 Quickly Attach a Workgroup Template;
50 Manage Macros with Templates;
Chapter 6: Housekeeping;
6.1 Introduction: Hacks #51-56;
51 Troubleshoot Common Word Problems;
52 Control Word Startup;
53 Sidestep Formatting Restrictions;
54 Rename Built-in Styles;
55 Clean Out Linked "Char" Styles;
56 Reduce Document Bloat by Deleting Old List Templates;
Chapter 7: Macro Hacks;
7.1 Introduction: Hacks #57-69;
57 Get Simple User Input for a Macro;
58 Keep the Macros Dialog Box Tidy;
59 Do Something to Every File in a Directory;
60 Run Macros Automatically;
61 Intercept Word Commands;
62 Keep Custom Menus Under Control;
63 Use Word Dialogs in a Macro;
64 Optimize Your VBA Code;
65 Show Progress from VBA;
66 Hack Documents with For Each Loops;
67 Store Settings and Data in .ini Files;
68 Generate Random Numbers;
69 Hack with Application Events;
Chapter 8: Forms and Fields;
8.1 Introduction: Hacks #70-79;
70 Fake (and Easy) Fill-in Forms;
71 Hack DATE Fields;
72 Perform Calculations with Formula Fields;
73 Format Numeric Field Results;
74 Use Fields for Heavy-Duty Calculations;
75 Include an Interactive Calendar in Your Forms;
76 Use Custom Shortcut Menus to Make Frequent Selections;
77 Number Documents Sequentially;
78 Cross-Reference Among Documents;
79 Convert Field Codes to Text and Back Again;
Chapter 9: Advanced Word Hacks;
9.1 Introduction: Hacks #80-89;
80 Emulate Emacs with VBacs;
81 Use Word as a Windows Backup Utility;
82 Perform Power Text Searches with Regular Expressions;
83 Show a Directory Structure as a Word Outline;
84 Automate Word from Other Applications;
85 Hack Word from Python;
86 Hack Word from Perl;
87 Hack Word from Ruby;
88 Use Python from Word;
89 Use Perl from Word;
Chapter 10: Word 2003 XML Hacks;
10.1 Introduction: Hacks #90-100;
90 Get a Command-Line XML Processor;
91 Create a Word Document in Notepad;
92 Get the XML Toolbox;
93 Use IE to Inspect WordprocessingML Documents;
94 Transforming XML into a Word Document;
95 Batch-Process Word Documents with XSLT;
96 Standardize Documents with XSLT;
97 Remove Direct Formatting with XSLT;
98 Remove Linked "Char" Styles with XSLT;
99 Use Google from Your Macros;
100 Google Without Leaving Word;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    concentrates on macro programming

    There is a huge global base of Microsoft Word users; some subset of which should find this book useful. Savikas goes beyond common texts that either get you quickly started on MS Word, or comprehensively tell you of every option. You are presumed to be already facile. So much so that you've run into recurrent annoyances, which perhsps the book can help alleviate. The hacks deal mostly with problems for which macro programming is needed. It's not about situations where the answer is some obscure manual sequence of steps you must do within MS Word. Nor are the large reference books on MS Word likely to be of help. They do explain macro programming, and give examples. But that consists only of a fraction of their coverage. Whereas, you have here a book focused on macros. You don't necessarily have to already be programming macros to get something out of this book; though it would help. If a given hack addresses your situation, you can just copy vebatim the hack's solution code into a macro.

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