Word bullets can trouble you a lot. If there is wrong bullet formatting – that too for just ONE bullet, it can be very frustrating to handle. This happens with numbering as well as shown here.
But it is not a bug. There is a method behind the madness. And of course, there is a simple solution to it.
The problem with wrong bullet formatting
The formatting for the bullet itself is stored in the last character of the paragraph – the paragraph mark itself. It is usually invisible but it is still selectable. So all that you have to do is to select it and then press CTRL Spacebar – which resets the formatting. Problem solved.
To select the invisible character, go to the last character (the period in this case), press right arrow and then press Shift Right Arrow. Now the invisible paragraph mark is selected.
When this is done press Ctrl Spacebar which resets the formatting to default. Here the formatting of the paragraph mark was also red that is why number 3 was shown in red colour. When formatting is reset, the problem is solved.
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.
Word Mobile is a brilliant product. It exceeds expectations in every possible way. For example, take a simple feature like scrolling. What more can you do to enhance scrolling? But Microsoft has really boosted that feature beyond your imagination. Here is a short visual blog to show you how it works.
14 sec video. It will repeat automatically.
It allow you to scroll while viewing the thumbnail. So convenient and useful.
The clarify of the thumbnail is perfect, even on the small mobile screen.
Works flawlessly with large documents.
Reach the desired page and stop scrolling. It will move to that page.
There is no way to abort scrolling. Remember, no Esc button on mobiles!
Neither scrolling nor thumbnail is a new feature in itself.
But combining them together in touch context is called innovation.
Although Word is most commonly used for creating documents, it can also be used for capturing data like a form. Word Forms do not require any programming knowledge. These are easy to create and will work across ALL versions of Word.
The Need for Word Forms
This is very useful for conducting quick surveys or quizzes where you want to control the responses. Of course, there are more sophisticated methods and tools available for bother these scenarios, Word is familiar to everyone and almost guaranteed to be available on every desktop. Hence it is a compelling option even today (2017).
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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.
Continue reading Troubleshoot formatting: Word Style Inspector
Very often, we need the first page of a printed document may be different: Letterhead, special legal stamp papers, glossy cover page, etc. Here is how you use special paper for first page while printing in Word.
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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.
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Writing a report or a book with multiple authors? Each one sends their chapter separately. Now your job is to Combine multiple Word documents. Don’t even think of copy paste. Here is a short video which explains how it is done in seconds. Continue reading Combine multiple Word documents Instantly
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!
What if you want people to add comments but NOT edit the document itself? That is what I call Adding only comments in Word. This is possible! With just few clicks. Get amazed by the level of sophistication available in Word. Watch this video ( 8 min).
Don’t have time? I have also published a shorter version of the video (2:30 min)
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