Category Archives: MS Word

Becoming friends with Microsoft Word

Love it, hate it, the fact is that everybody has to deal with Microsoft Word at some point. And the reason for that is that everybody needs to write documents at some point and Word is the program of choice to do it in for many people out there.

Why is there so much hate about Word? I think it is because managing the layout of a document is actually quite tricky. It is an art. If you are frustrated with Word, it is likely you are underestimating the task you are wishing to perform. Continue reading Becoming friends with Microsoft Word

Version control features in Word: remain sane when collaborating on a document

You are probably aware of the track-changes feature of Microsoft Word. When you send a document to someone else to review, they can use the feature to track any changes they made to the document. After you get the document back, you can then go over the changes one by one and decide whether to accept them or not.

But what if you *gasp* keep working on the document after you’ve sent it? By the time¬†you get the comments back from the reviewer, they will be comments on an outdated version of your document! Alternatively, you may have sent the document to two or more people to comment on. Now you have multiple different versions that all contain useful changes.

And so the grand manual labor of redoing all of the changes in the new document begins… or so you may think.

Luckily, Word has some version control tricks, so there is a better way! Continue reading Version control features in Word: remain sane when collaborating on a document