This is a common and frustrating problem. For some reason, only one bullet or numbering item becomes bold.
Wherever you click intuitively and press Ctrl B to solve it just does not work. Beginning, ending of the line or trying to select the number itself – the stubborn bold formatting remains there
Here is the secret. Formatting about these things is stored in the paragraph marker. The marker is not usually seen. But you can see it if you enable hidden characters as shown below.
You do not have to make it visible, just select it by double clicking at the end of the line. You can also navigate to the end of the line and choose Shift + Right Arrow. Now, you should see the mini-toolbar automatically. Bold should be selected at this stage.
Click on the Bold button to remove the setting or press Ctrl B. That’s it.
In the earlier article, I covered how to see raw formatting and compare two areas to find out what is different. However, you can greatly minimize formatting issues if you use Styles in Word. Once you start using styles, you will need a new troubleshooting tool – Word Style Inspector.
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See Word Formatting – but how?
Consider this sample text.
Press Shift Ctrl 8. This reveals hidden characters.
Secondly, press Shift F1. That shows a separate pane giving details of all the formatting applied to the text under cursor. This is called Reveal Formatting.
Enable the Distinguish Style Source button. This displays the formatting which came from the Style (Heading 1, in this case) as well as manual formatting applied on top of it (Bold, in this case). Ideally, you should avoid manual formatting altogether. You should use Word Styles as far as possible.
Once you See Word Formatting in detail, you can recognize and correct formatting issues more easily.
How to highlight, everyone knows. If you want to highlight repeatedly, double click on the highlight button. Now selecting any text automatically applies the highlight. How to search for highlighted areas is already covered. Now let us learn how to Remove all Highlights – in one stroke – requires just 30 seconds to do it. Learn the magic now!
This short video provides solutions to the most common irritants while editing Microsoft Word Tables. It covers issues like table going outside the page, optimizing width of columns based upon the content, making all rows to be of the same height, preventing rows from breaking across pages, automatically making first row(s) as headers.
Read this article first: Frustration = Feature Guarantee! (Table Row breaking across pages). Here we saw how to ask Word to manage repeating the header automatically across pages.
What I learnt today is that the Repeat Header Rows feature works across columns as well. This is very useful when we have a narrow table shown in multiple columns on the same page.
Some documents seem to be so cluttered with these blue wavy lines that we cannot read the content at all. Here is a solution to this problem and explanation of the root cause and the REAL solution.
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