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1. Word Under the Hood > Introduction: Hacks #1-2

Introduction: Hacks #1-2

Few consumer software packages are as malleable as Microsoft Word—it has to be malleable, to meet the unique needs of millions of users around the globe. However, many (perhaps most) Word users spend months, or even years, using Word “out of the box,” without taking advantage of a single one of its limitless customization tools.

There’s a palpable reluctance among long-time Word users to peek behind the curtain. They may curse the wretched Bullets and Numbering buttons 20 times a day or take 2 hours to manually change the font size of every heading in a lengthy report, but they will still not tear off the cover and start tinkering. For too long, they’ve been seduced by Word’s supposed simplicity (“There must be a menu to fix this somewhere...”).


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