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Do You Need This Book? Does Word annoy you? Then buy this book. It's all about mak- ing Word less annoying. I've been using Word for 16 years now and have run into most of its annoyances. Other people have been good enough to share their Word annoyances with me, too. The result is hundreds of concentrated annoyances with solutions that will calm your colleagues, impress your friends, and confound your enemies. This book focuses on Word for Windows, because that's what most of you are using. Many of the annoyances carry through to the Mac as well, although you'll need to make minor adjustments to the solutions, such as looking for options in the Preferences dialog box rather than in the Options dialog box. Chapter 10 discusses Mac-specific annoyances that don't plague Windows users. nance over AutoCorrect and AutoText. Escape unwanted copyright symbols, harness the power of Find and Replace to change your documents automatically, hack out col- umns of tabs or spaces, and keep the same text updated in different parts of the same document. Chapter 4, Formatting and Layout Get the mysterious "Normal template" under control and change its settings. Tame direct formatting and get a grip on styles. Hammer out annoyances with list numbering, graphics, hyperlinks, and tabs. Create different headers on different pages, and divide a printed page into multiple separate pages. Chapter 5, Forms, Revising, Proofing, and Finalizing Prevent users from accessing certain parts of a docu- ment--and force them to fill in the rest with suitable data. Deflate comment balloons, turn off revision marks for formatting, and view the revision marks for only some reviewers. Check spelling, share custom dictionaries with your colleagues, create an exclusion dictionary of words you mustn't use, and upgrade the Thesaurus. Chapter 6, Printing, Faxing, and Scanning Does Word prompt you to save a document you've printed but haven't changed? Or does Word 2003 simply crash when you try to print? Learn to deal with printing annoy- ances, add faxing capabilities to Word, and scan hardcopy text and graphics into your documents. Chapter 7, Tables, Columns, and Text Boxes Should you draw tables or simply insert them? Learn how to make a table appear at the start of a page--and how to get a table away from the start of a document when it's stuck there. Force Word 2003 to let you use the Cell Height and Width dialog box, and fix header rows so that they won't walk from one page to another. Mix different numbers of columns in the same document, and create a series of linked text boxes throughout a document. Chapter 8, Automate Away Annoyances with Macros The annoyances discussed in other chapters have fixes or workarounds in the Word user interface--but for annoy- ances that don't, macros written in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) offer a solution. Learn to record What's Covered in This Book? Here's a taste of what the 10 chapters in this book have to offer you: Chapter 1, Installation, Repair, and Configuration Prevent Word from demanding the installation CD, or install multiple versions of Word on the same PC. Deal with crashes and slow running. Sort out your toolbars and menus, and create a Work menu for frequently used documents. Dispose of the Office Assistant, either tem- porarily or forever. Chapter 2, Creating and Saving Documents Exploit the power of templates to minimize the annoy- ances of creating and saving documents at home or at work. Use Microsoft Office Application Recovery to miti- gate a crash, and get the AutoRecover feature under control. Learn why master documents tend to corrupt-- and how to recover as much as possible when your master document does corrupt. Chapter 3, Text Entry and Editing Deal with common annoyances in Word's views; Outline view is usually the prime offender, but the other views get in on the act. Bring "Smart Cut and Paste" under control, turn off "Click and Type," and assert your domi- xii IN T RODUC T ION