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Who Should Buy This Book?

New Features and Enhancements in WordPerfect 10

How This Book Is Organized

Conventions Used in This Book

If you’re looking at this book, it means you’ve either purchased Corel WordPerfect Office 2002, or you’re seriously thinking about it. Good for you! WordPerfect is without a doubt the most powerful, customizable, and easy-to-use program that you can get your hands on. Period. WordPerfect lets you work the way you want to work, not the way the programmers want you to work.

File compatibility with Microsoft Word and other applications has been enhanced to the point where document migration is virtually seamless, so it no longer matters what your clients and associates are using. What does matter is that you have a choice. WordPerfect Office 2002 is the most cost-effective office applications suite available, delivering more features, more flexibility, and more compatibility than any other suite on the market.

Don’t let the size of the book intimidate you. We won’t bore you with minute details of every little feature. Who has time for that? No, this book is crammed full of tips, tricks, and practical examples that you won’t find anywhere else. We explain what a feature is, but more importantly, we tell you why you want to use it. What’s in it for you? How can it save you time? What features can be used together to achieve a higher level of productivity? All this and more . . . just waiting for you to start turning the pages.

Who Should Buy This Book?

If you’ve used a word processor before, and you want to learn how to take advantage of all that WordPerfect has to offer, this book is for you. We made a few assumptions about our audience when we developed the outline for this book. We decided that most of you already know the basics of creating and formatting documents, even if you’ve done the work in another application. Many of you have used a previous version of WordPerfect, so your interest lies not only in the new features, but also in how you might use the familiar features more effectively.

New Features and Enhancements in WordPerfect 10

This latest version of WordPerfect includes some very exciting new features and some welcome improvements that speed up navigation and formatting. You may notice that the list of new features isn’t as lengthy as it has been in previous versions. Corel decided to focus instead on addressing known issues, improving on the existing feature set and producing a reliably stable product. Who can argue with that? Here are some highlights:

  • WordPerfect Office 2002 includes a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader version 4.05. The Publish to PDF feature has been significantly enhanced—WordPerfect 10 now exports files to PDF with graphics (including watermarks) and hyperlinks intact. Note that similar capability, using Adobe Acrobat, costs about $250 per workstation.

  • WordPerfect 10 now reproduces your documents more faithfully in HTML, with graphics and hyperlinks intact, by means of Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) support. Publishing your WordPerfect documents to the World Wide Web has never been easier.

  • The Corel Application Recovery Manager (CARM) helps you recover from most application failures without losing your work. You can also send a report to Corel with the details surrounding the fatal error.

  • The Location Manager is one of the components of CARM. It checks to make sure that all the necessary program files are present on the computer. If one of the required files is missing or damaged, the Location Manager will repair the problem by replacing the file.

  • WordPerfect Office 2002 includes a built-in copy of the Oxford Pocket Dictionary, so you’ve got definitions for more than 30,000 words at your fingertips.

  • Once again, WordPerfect takes the lead with its powerful Tables feature. The Table menu option is now back on the menu bar. Table to text and text to table conversion has been enhanced. You can now convert a table to delimited text, and you can convert text to table format, based on a user-specified delimiter, so you are no longer limited to converting only tab-delimited text. Cells that contain formulas are marked with a color indicator and you can now copy cell formulas by clicking and dragging. The new QuickSplit Columns and Rows button on the property bar lets you split a cell into four cells (columns and rows).

  • The new Variables feature lets you create a “placeholder” in a document for content that appears multiple times. When the variable is edited, the information at each location is updated automatically.

  • A new Align and Distribute tool makes it easy to quickly align multiple objects, such as graphics or text boxes, and helps you spread them out evenly, without requiring a lot of fiddling on your part to place things exactly where you want them.

  • You can now print out a list of keyboard shortcuts for any keyboard. This feature was added in response to multiple user requests for the functionality.

  • Text selection has been enhanced. Using the Select Section dialog box (choose Edit, Select, Section), you can select a range of pages, secondary pages, chapters, or volumes. You now have more flexibility whether you use the mouse or the keyboard to select text.

  • The Merge feature has been improved to allow for more than 255 fields per record. The Merge dialog box has been redesigned to make it easier to work in.

  • Corel’s RealTime Preview shows you what a formatting change will look like, before you make it. For example, as you highlight fonts in the Font drop-down list, the document text is reformatted in that font, on-the-fly. RealTime Preview works for fonts, font sizes, zoom, justification, lines, borders, shading, and color, just to name a few. In WordPerfect 10, the RealTime Preview feature has been enhanced to include QuickFonts, underline, drop caps, and other formatting options.

  • New “pickers” have been added to quite a few toolbar and property bar buttons. These pickers open a drop-down palette of frequently used, or last-used, options so you can get to them quickly.

  • In WordPerfect 10, the two-page view mode now supports Reveal Codes and the writing tools.

  • The Zoom feature has been improved so that you can now zoom into certain parts of a document. Simply click the Zoom button and then click in a section of the document to zoom into that section. Also, if you use a wheel mouse, you can use the wheel to quickly zoom in or out.

  • Navigation has been simplified: The Go To feature now includes a long list of items that you can jump to, including bookmarks, hyperlinks, redlined text, comments, equations, and graphics. The Browse By feature has been expanded and a new flyout allows you to select a browse method more quickly. The Back and Forward buttons move you to and from your previous editing position (similar to the way your Internet browser buttons work).

  • The Auto-Suggest Filename feature in the Save As dialog box automatically inserts a suggested filename based on text at the top of the document. You can accept the suggestion, edit as needed, or replace it with your own filename.

  • The Comments feature has been significantly improved. You can now apply formatting to text, as well as insert a graphic, a table, and so on, all within the comment bubble. Also, the Comments bubble now takes up less space in the document window—it is now sized to the text so there is no extra space in the bubble.

  • You can now display the currently selected language in the application bar. You can quickly switch to a different language by clicking the language code on the Application Bar.

  • Drop cap editing has been enhanced so that you can include more than one letter in the drop cap. A Drop Cap dialog box has been added so you can make your selections in one place.

  • Some of the Ruler elements have been redesigned and enlarged to make them easier to click and drag.

  • The Document Review has been enhanced with document review margin markers that can be inserted to help notify the author where text has been changed.

  • Although WordPerfect’s file format hasn’t changed since version 6.1, other applications’ file formats change like the weather. WordPerfect Office 2002 comes with updated conversion drivers to make the transfer of documents between WordPerfect and Microsoft Word cleaner than ever. With WordPerfect’s Service Pack 1, you gain the ability to convert Word XP documents. You can even set the default file save format to Microsoft Word (.doc) so that the user doesn’t have to intervene at all.

  • If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Corel has incorporated Microsoft Word 97 menus and toolbars that you can display in place of the WordPerfect default menus and toolbar, so if you are migrating from Microsoft Word, these items can be invaluable during the transition. There is even a Microsoft Word Help item on the Help menu that takes you to a page with links to notes for converting files between the two programs, and a side-by-side comparison of their features.

  • Improved accessibility features make it easier than ever to integrate third-party accessibility tools with WordPerfect. The support of High-Contrast mode, large font mode, and keyboard equivalents for virtually every feature ensures an equal opportunity for everyone to enjoy the power of WordPerfect. In addition, WordPerfect itself has been designed with accessibility in mind … for example, restoring many keyboard functions so you don’t have to depend entirely on the mouse.

  • WordPerfect 10 has writing tools for more than 35 languages so that you can spell check, hyphenate, look up synonyms, and check grammar in any one language or a combination of languages. The Euro symbol has been included in Corel fonts to help meet the needs of multinational users.

  • You’ll be able to work with SGML and XML documents in the familiar WYSIWYG environment. WordPerfect’s XML authoring tool incorporates the Document Type Definition (DTD), layout information, and mapping files into one template.

  • Unparalleled support for open standards and programming interfaces—such as PDF, VBA, HTML, ODBC, SGML, and XML—makes it easier than ever to work with users from all over the world. Support for ODMA standards makes WordPerfect compatible with document management applications, such as iManage, PC DOCS, SoftSolutions, and WORLDOX.

  • Support for Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) version 6.2 is included, so now you have a very powerful alternative to the PerfectScript macro language. WordPerfect is the only mainstream word processor to offer two powerful programming languages that can be used separately or in combination. One of the new features in VBA is the integration of Digital Signatures to prevent unauthorized macro execution.

  • WordPerfect 10 allows you to attach a digital signature to documents. A signed document with a valid digital signature ensures that the document has not been altered since it was signed and identifies the entity to whom the certificate was issued. Service Pack 2 includes support for Entrust version 4.0 and later, although it should be noted that graphics support is limited to the insertion of WordPerfect Graphic files (.wpg).

  • Unlike the latest release of Microsoft Word, WordPerfect Office 2002 will run on Windows 95 systems.

  • WordPerfect Office 2002 includes a copy of Quick View Plus version 5.11, which you can use to view, copy, and print the contents of more than 200 Windows, MS-DOS, Macintosh, and Internet file formats, even if you do not have the native application installed on your computer.

  • WordPerfect Office 2002 includes a copy of Bitstream Font Navigator 4.0, to help you manage the fonts on your system. You can organize fonts into groups and then selectively install and uninstall them as needed.

  • Macros written in previous versions of WordPerfect can be recompiled and in many cases, will run without any modifications. If the macro happens to contain an obsolete command, a warning message will appear explaining that the command may be removed in future versions.

  • Service Pack 2 also includes a powerful new editing tool: the Clipbook. You can cut or copy dozens of items, including text and graphics, and selectively paste them in any application, not only in WordPerfect.

  • If you have an Internet connection, you can use Corel Connector to connect to product-specific information, newsgroups, updates, and technical support. Corel Connector is a thin Web client integrated into the application so you don’t have to leave WordPerfect to use it.

How This Book Is Organized

Special Edition Using Corel WordPerfect 10 is designed for users who have some experience using a word processor and want to learn how to use WordPerfect’s more advanced features. The book is divided into sections to help you focus on the areas that you are particularly interested in. The first section is a good place to start because some fundamental concepts are covered, but beyond that, you are free to jump around and read about what interests you.

Part I: Learning the Basics

Chapters 1 through 6 cover the fundamentals of using WordPerfect to create, edit, save, and print documents. A short basic formatting chapter covers the features that you need to use right away, such as changing fonts, applying bold, italic, and underline, and adjusting the margins. The file management chapter is in this first section because managing files is such an integral part of what you do every day. After all, what good is all your hard work if you can’t find files you’ve created? In the other chapters, you learn how to use the writing tools and how to print, fax, and e-mail your documents. If you’re tempted to skip this part because you’ve already used a word processor, don’t. It’s loaded with tips and practical advice on how to use the basic features to be more productive.

Part II: Formatting Documents

Chapters 7, 8, and 9 focus on formatting documents. Chapter 7 sticks to formatting lines and paragraphs, so you learn how to align and indent text, set tabs, keep text together, and add line numbers and borders. Chapter 8 tackles formatting page elements: page numbers, paper size, headers and footers, subdividing the page, columns, borders, and Make It Fit. Chapter 9 explains how to create and implement styles for consistency and speedier formatting. Bet you didn’t know that if you modify a style, the text that is formatted with that style is automatically updated, every bit, all at once.

Part III: Organizing Information

Chapters 10 and 11 cover organizing information into tables, lists, and outlines. You learn everything you need to know about creating and formatting tables, and you’ll discover why WordPerfect is the champion when it comes to tables. Bulleted and numbered lists are used in all types of documents to present (sequential and nonsequential) pieces of information in an easy-to-read list. Obviously, the Outline feature can be used to create outlines that show the structure of a document or an idea. The outline styles can also be used to create numbered sections of text where the numbers are automatically updated as you rearrange the text.

Part IV: Working with Graphics

In this section, Chapters 12, 13, and 14 teach you how to incorporate graphic images and effects in your documents. You learn how to insert clip art and other types of images, such as GIF files that you download from the Internet. You learn how to create custom graphic lines and borders and how to insert the new shapes. Chapter 13 shows you how to customize graphics and Chapter 14 focuses on the Draw and TextArt features. In Chapter 14, you also learn how to customize WordPerfect graphics and bitmap graphics in Presentations.

Part V: Integrating Information from Other Sources

Chapters 15 and 16 show you how to use information from other applications. You learn how to use the Windows Clipboard and WordPerfect’s new Clipbook to copy information between applications. We show you how to use OLE to create a link so that the information is automatically updated in the document anytime it’s been modified in the originating program. You learn how to import documents, spreadsheets, and databases from other applications. The conversion drivers have been improved dramatically so that the transport between WordPerfect and Microsoft Word is virtually seamless. Chapter 16 focuses on creating data charts and organizational charts.

Part VI: Publishing Documents

This section has some very weighty chapters in it. Chapter 17 covers the document collaboration features, such as document comments, reviewing and comparing documents. Chapter 18 talks about the features geared toward long documents, such as bookmarks, footnotes, endnotes, cross references, and the Master Document feature. Chapter 19 covers the creation of tables of contents, tables of authorities, and indexes. Chapter 20 presents information on creating interactive and multimedia documents with hypertext links, links to Web pages, and embedded video and sounds. Chapter 21 covers WordPerfect’s Web publishing features and is packed with practical advice on how to publish your documents on the Internet or your company intranet.

Part VII: Automating Everyday Tasks

This last section discusses ways that you can use WordPerfect’s automation tools to speed up repetitive tasks. Chapter 22 covers templates, from using the project templates that come with WordPerfect to creating your own templates (both from existing documents and from scratch). You learn how to insert prompts that guide the user through the template and how to link fields in a template to the Address Book fields. Chapter 23 covers the Merge feature. A brief overview of a typical mail merge is given, but the focus is on using other sources for names and addresses and creating documents other than form letters during a merge. A section on the Address Book is included here. Chapter 24 shows you how to use the PerfectExpert panel to create and edit documents without searching through the menus for an elusive command. The bulk of this chapter focuses on macros—running macros that others have developed (including the shipping macros), and creating your own macros with the Macro Recorder. The steps to assign macros to toolbars, keystrokes, and menus are included, as well as information about using macros from previous versions and whether or not you need to install VBA support.

Conventions Used in This Book

Que, as well as all of Pearson Technology Group’s various imprints, has more than 10 years’ experience creating the most popular and effective computer reference books available. From trainers to programmers, Que’s authors have invaluable experience using—and most importantly—explaining computer and software concepts. From basic to advanced topics, Que’s publishing experience, and its authors’ expertise and communication skills, combine to create a highly readable and easily navigable book.

Tip from

Liberally sprinkled throughout the text, tips are places where we share insights that we’ve gained after using, teaching, and writing about WordPerfect for the past 15 years.


Notes contain extra information or alternative techniques for performing tasks that we feel will enhance your use and/or understanding of the current topic.


If we want to warn you about a potential problem, you’ll see that information in a caution note. Believe me, after years in a classroom, we know all about the pitfalls!

This element is designed to call your attention to areas where you are likely to get into trouble. When you see a Troubleshooting note, you can skip to the Troubleshooting at the end of the chapter to learn how to solve (or avoid) a problem.


Cross-references are used whenever possible to direct you to other sections of the book that give complementary or supportive information. If you want to learn how to use WordPerfect features together, pay close attention to the cross-references.


Whenever a button is referred to in an explanatory paragraph or step-by-step procedure, the button will appear in the left margin, next to the paragraph or step that mentions it. This visual reminder helps you quickly locate the button on the toolbar so that you can remember it for future use.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Whenever a combination of keys can be pressed to execute a command, they’ll appear paired by a plus sign, as in Ctrl+Home (to move to the top of a document) or Ctrl+P (to open the Print dialog box). When using a keyboard shortcut, press the first key, and while that key is depressed, tap the second key, and then release the first key.


Throughout this book, a variety of typefaces are used, each designed to draw your attention to specific text:

Typeface Description
Monospace Screen messages, text you type, and Internet addresses appear in this special typeface.
Italic New terminology and emphasized text will appear in italic.

End-of-Chapter Examples

Every chapter ends with a Troubleshooting section, where you’ll find answers to frequently encountered problems. We’ve addressed more than just the simplest problems and solutions here—we cover the pitfalls you’re likely to encounter when you push WordPerfect to the limit.

The Project element is designed to complement the information presented in the chapter. In some chapters, you’ll see “before and after” shots that illustrate how features can be used to enhance a document. In others, there will be a practical and real-world example of how you can implement the features covered in the chapter. And in one or two chapters, we’ve shown you how to prepare information for use with a particular feature.

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