Working Smarter, Not Harder, in Word


  • Using styles for consistent and professional formatting
  • Building well-organized documents through outlining
  • Making corrections automatically with AutoCorrect to save time
  • Viewing and changing file properties
  • Discovering power user techniques

Leverage increases power. This chapter provides a quick introduction to three of Word's power features that you can leverage to save time and create better documents: styles, outlining, and AutoCorrect. Using these features each time you start a new document ensures you will realize their maximum benefit. This chapter provides an overview of these features, which are covered in greater detail in subsequent chapters, as well as sharing information about adding file properties and giving you some power tips you can put to work right away.

Achieving Attractive Documents with Styles

Many users type text in a document and then apply individual formatting settings to selections throughout the document. This approach not only takes a lot of time, but also can lead to inconsistencies. Suppose, for example, that in the course of applying a half dozen formatting attributes to achieve a certain “look” for a heading, you forgot an attribute here and there, or maybe set a different indentation in one instance. This gives your document an uneven and unprofessional appearance. In the case of headings, it can also make a document harder to follow, creating confusion in the reader's mind about ...

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