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Repair unwanted Bold bullets

This is a common and frustrating problem. For some reason, only one bullet or numbering item becomes bold.

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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 Devil

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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.

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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.

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Click on the Bold button to remove the setting or press Ctrl B. That’s it. 

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Problem solved!

Word Mobile Scrolling

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.

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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.

Using Word Forms

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.

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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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How to See Word Formatting

See Word Formatting – but how?

Consider this sample text.

See Word Formatting - original

Press Shift Ctrl 8.  This reveals hidden characters.

See Word Formatting - 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.

See Word Formatting - With and without style source

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.