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Looking for best practices for creating a "living" manual

My co-workers and I have created a "living" (continually updated) manual for some processes we do with some associated agencies, but none of us are technical writers or copy editors, so we're looking for assistance in the structure and appearance. Please share your experiences, guides, and tutorials for creating and managing a manual that won't remain in a fixed form. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Unusual Excel-to-Word merge. Is this possible?

Have Excel spreadsheet with a list of contacts with the name of the organization they belong to. Need a series of Word documents for each organization that includes the names and info of each contact. Read on for more detail. [more inside]
posted by that's candlepin on May 6, 2014 - 4 answers

resumation blues

Is there any way I can streamline the technical aspects of customizing my resume's content in MS Word? (Check under the fold for a description of what I'm envisioning.) [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Workarounds for tracking changes effectively in Scrivener?

I'm a playwright in rehearsals for production of a new script. I wrote it in Scrivener, and am in love with the program except for its lack of effective change-tracking features. Ideally, I'd love to find a way to generate reports on a daily-or-so basis of the changes made to individual lines that I could email out to the whole creative team. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

What is proficiency in Excel and Word?

What do you need to know to be "proficient" in Excel and Word? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jan 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Why won't images print in my MS word document?

Why won't images print in my MS word document? Especially when these same images printed just fine in a nearly identical previous version of this document? [more inside]
posted by mai on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Help Me Format 1300+ Word Tables

I have a Word 2010 document with over 1300 tables in it. I would like to update them so that they all have the same basic properties. I would really like to not do all this by hand... [more inside]
posted by The Blue Olly on Oct 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Password protect a Word 2010 template

My staff use a number of Word 2010 templates that I need to restrict the editing of. I want users to be able to double click on the file and be able to make any changes they need (not just adding text to fields), but opening via right-click-open would require a password to save changes to the original template. I need to keep the .dotm files as they are. Everyone involved is using Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie on Sep 26, 2013 - 6 answers

The intransigent Word table

I really ought to know how to fix this, but I'm stumped. I copied a table with text from an html page (yes, probably my first mistake) into a Word document. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Sep 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Excel to Word mail merge for envelopes. Should be super-simple. ISN'T.

Whoever is formatting this excel sheet sucks. I need to find a way to fix it that doesn't entail me retyping the whole thing each week. [more inside]
posted by A neighbourhood park all covered with cheese on Aug 23, 2013 - 34 answers

Landscape section in Word won't run text full width

Word 2007. I inserted section breaks to set off a landscape section, and the top ruler is showing that the right and left margins are .5" from the edges of an 11" wide page. However, when I insert text the line length only runs out to 6.5"--the same right margin as the previous portrait section. I have not linked the header to the previous section and the header seems to be willing to center on the full 11" with of the landscape orientation. There is no footer. Word gurus, any ideas?
posted by drlith on Jul 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Copying tables within a MS Word protected form

I need to find a way to allow users to copy/paste a table that sits within a Word 'protected' form (ie users can only edit within the form fields). We had a series of templates developed by a 'professional', but they have not been able to overcome some version/OS incompatibility issues. The problem is specifically in enabling the table to be selected in the first place, as this function is lost when the protection is applied. [more inside]
posted by dg on Mar 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Converting a US-formatted Microsoft Word document to UK formatting?

Is there a way (a macro perhaps?) to change the spellings and punctuation in a Microsoft Word document (.docx) from "American" style to "British" (or should I say, 'British') style in one fell swoop? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Mar 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Old MS Word Easter Egg?

I dimly recall a MS Word dictionary (or thesaurus) Easter Egg (I think) that I stumbled upon in college a million years ago. Does it ring a bell with any of you? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

How to fix lowercase to small caps/conversion issues in Microsoft Word 2007 for certain unicode characters with diacritics?

I have a text (MS Word 2007) that cites Vietnamese authors whose names are written in latin script with diacritics, stored in Zotero in lowercase (with the initial in uppercase). When using a citation style (for footnotes and bibliography) with small caps/uppercase for the names, Word keeps some characters in lowercase: "Dương Thiệu Tống" shows up as "DƯƠNG THIệU TốNG" instead of "DƯƠNG THIỆU TỐNG". How to fix this? [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Dec 27, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I export MS Powerpoint to a Word document?

How can I export MS Powerpoint to a Word document? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Dec 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Automated method for adding the same header to multiple Word documents?

Is there an automated method for adding the same header to multiple Word (.doc) documents? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on Oct 16, 2012 - 3 answers

MS Word Cross-Reference Woes

Need help updating MS Word (2010) cross-references to reflect the order in which they appear. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Oct 12, 2012 - 2 answers

I may be the most computer savvy person here... that does not mean I know anything

I need to send a merged email from a Gmail address. Problems have ensued. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 13, 2012 - 10 answers

MS Word Doc Merging?

MS Word doc merging... too complex to pull off? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

The Munge Factor: Good online intro resources on MS Word formatting?

The Munge Factor: Good online intro resources on MS Word formatting? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Apr 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Automate this form!

Endless paperwork! How do I automate filling out a .doc form? Challenge: cannot involve downloading/installing any new software [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Restoring older MSWord color options

Restoring MS Word 04 Color Palette in Word 11? [more inside]
posted by fucker on Sep 26, 2011 - 3 answers

LaTeX for SOPs?

Resources for learning LaTeX templating for SOPs? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jul 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Come together, right now

Mail merge in Office 2010 -- It is not showing all the data. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 14, 2011 - 4 answers

How best to ensure consistency output from MS Office?

How best to ensure consistency of output whilst using MS Office? As part of my role as a maths teacher I create (design) worksheets and presentations for my class. I spend a fair bit of time making sure things are consistent (e.g. Space for Name, Class), Header here etc. There must be a better way, using Forms? Templates? Themes? Can you suggest one, and some tutorials in how to best use. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by 92_elements on Mar 19, 2011 - 7 answers

What's the best tablet PC that can run MS Word?

What is the best tablet PC available for around $500 that can run MS Word? [more inside]
posted by SueSwift on Mar 3, 2011 - 11 answers

If this works, it will save me Weeks of Frustration!

Does anyone know how to insert an automatically updating visio diagram into a Word file without it looking like complete crap? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on Jan 20, 2011 - 2 answers

A step up from MS Word? Desktop publishing software?

I've been fighting with a 60 page Word document that has become unbearable. Is it me? Is it Word? Do I need to be using different software in combination with Word? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Dec 21, 2010 - 32 answers

Ta shuo de bu hao.

MS Word won't display Chinese characters correctly for me. It claims the font for the characters is Arial, and when I paste the characters into a search dialog box, they display correctly, but in situ in the document they appear as placeholder boxes. Screenshot. (WinXP, SP3, Office 2002) WTF?
posted by IAmBroom on Dec 1, 2010 - 2 answers

MSWord shortcut madness! Cmd+V won't paste.

Why is cmd+V bringing up the insert hyperlink dialogue, rather than pasting in Word? [more inside]
posted by liss on Nov 15, 2010 - 1 answer

How do I strip *some* formatting from text?

Can I strip SOME formatting from text? I'd like to be able to strip all formatting except HTML links. Even better I'd like to strip all formatting other than HTML, bold and italics. Are there any good workarounds for this? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 7, 2010 - 9 answers

How to: Word Macros with User Input?

WordMacroFilter: I'm trying to set up a Word Macro using find and replace but that waits for user input... [more inside]
posted by Zinger on Jun 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Does Crossover Office actually work?

Have you used CrossOver Linux (the Codeweavers version of Wine)? Does it work well with MS Office 2007? I've installed regular Wine and MS Word on my (Fedora 12) computer, and it works like crap. I was curious if the commercial version worked any better. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on May 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Why it is easier to switch to a Mac than from one.

I have a large number of iWork Pages files that I would like to convert to MS Word format. Is there a way to do this that is easier/more expedient than opening each one individually in Pages and saving it as a Word file? [more inside]
posted by 4ster on May 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Need Excel macro assistance.

MS Excel gurus: I am looking for a way to export the data from a spreadsheet so that it can be displayed in a Word document as text, with the column-headers as lead-ins for each cell of data. Basically I want to turn this into this. [more inside]
posted by Ike_Arumba on Apr 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Mac file to PC file conversion help?

Is there a way to open .pages (iWorks) files in Word 2007 which doesn't involve going back to the original sender to get them to export the file? [more inside]
posted by Zinger on Jan 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Would using a Heading1 here help?

Aside from ease of editing and maintaining individual documents, are there arguments for the use of styles in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch on Sep 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Multi MSWord documents in Separate Window?

MS Word 2007, PC - how to open second document in SEPARATE window? [more inside]
posted by rexruff on Aug 30, 2009 - 4 answers

MS Word - Compare and Merge Documents

My company has decided to change our style guidelines to use straight quotes rather than smart quotes. We frequently run document comparisons of revised documents. Is there a way to stop the quotes from showing up as a revision when we compare versions of a document? [more inside]
posted by thewalrusispaul on Aug 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Pretty Up My Word

How can I make my Word documents look less....boring? Seeking tips & tricks from people with an eye for design. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 8, 2009 - 26 answers

Tracking only insertions in Word

Tracking Changes in Word 2007: I want to only see the insertions. Word only allows me to choose Show Markup -> Insertions & Deletions. How do I hide the deletions?
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake on Jun 4, 2009 - 2 answers

A class in L.A. to help my mom stop worrying and learn to love Excel and Word?

Please recommend beginning MS Excel and Word classes (offline) in Los Angeles for a computer-antagonistic but somewhat -knowledgeable almost-senior. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty on May 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Recurring text box in Word?

I need to make a sticker sheet in MS Word updatable -- all the stickers on the sheet look the same, but if I type "Q" in the first sticker, "Q" will appear on all the other stickers. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on May 14, 2009 - 9 answers

Maybe it's just metafilter making me paranoid about copyright issues...

If I slap a ms word clip art image on a business flyer, are their any legal issues to take into consideration? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly on May 13, 2009 - 10 answers

Give me your widows and orphans, your stray lines and stranded words from paragraphs yearning to breathe free.

MS Word insists on keeping lines of paragraphs together even after I turn off Widow/Orphan control. How can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on May 2, 2009 - 6 answers

How can I find all the acronyms in a large Word document?

Is there a Word plugin or standalone program that will search a Word doc and list all occurrences of a given string, preferably with surrounding words for context? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Apr 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me delete America!

No matter what I do, the US-ENGLISH setting on my spellcheck keeps returning from the dead like a bad guy in a horror movie. [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Mar 14, 2009 - 8 answers

snsranch had an oopsie! (computer wise)

I Screwed Up My Wife's Computer and I'm In TROUBLE!! HELP! [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Mar 13, 2009 - 40 answers

Quickbooks form letters without MS Word?

I have Quickbooks Pro 2008 for Windows. How can I tell Quickbooks to use OpenOffice, or some other free non-Word app, when I want to print or edit Quickbooks form letters? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Mar 4, 2009 - 3 answers

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