The Hidden Power of Microsoft Word

CNNMoney once estimated that the average Microsoft Word user regularly employs only about 10% of its features.  Surely that must be wrong, don’t you think?

Well, actually, it might be more true than one would first expect.  Microsoft has created a rich interface with many functions.  Within their post-Office 2003 implementations, many such commands are hidden from view.   If you are like me, a function does not exist unless it appears on a menu (and even then, it has to catch my eye.)

  Take this button, for instance.

Nestled safely away on the bottom of Word’s vertical scroll bar, I managed to completely ignore this button for at least five years.  Just like that box of “stuff” in the corner of my closet, my eyes never focus on that area of the screen.

But by clicking on the circle, you can navigate your document table by table or image by image.  Pretty useful, when compared to a non-stop barrage of PageDowns to find that page where your next table is located, eh?

Or how many of you have actually double clicked between the gap in displayed pages?  If you have done so, you may have discovered a secret little command to hide white space at the end of the previous page and the beginning of the next page.  Let’s you quickly toggle to switch between seeing only your useful content in a Word document and viewing the pages as they would appear when printed.

I just might keep track of all these useful doo-dads, and add them to this post.

Do you have any useful tidbits to add?

Of course, stumbling onto this blog is about as challenging as finding the “Select Browse Object” button (that little circle), because this is a personal blog that just happens to be on the Internet.   But if you do manage to find your way here, I’d love to hear from you.


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