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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

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

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

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

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 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

LaTeX for SOPs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do I get Word and Excel to work together?

I need MS Excel and Word to play together nicely. I can do what I need to in Word, and I can do what I need to in Excel; it's the Relationship that's Complicated. Maybe I need workflow advice? Basic knowledge? Please, please keep reading. [more inside]
posted by cheeken on Feb 5, 2009 - 14 answers

How can you set a background color in Word that can be viewed on screen and printed

Can you help me view and print background colors in Word? I'm trying to reproduce a form that has a purple background. This form will be completed on screen, but may also be printed. For reasons that we won't go into, it has to be in Word. I'm having trouble getting a purple background that shows up when viewing it on the screen and also when printing. Is there a way to get both? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jul 8, 2008 - 6 answers

Why doesn't Word work right?

Word 2003 won't open after double-clicking on a document, and the mouse doesn't work in the document area. [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Jan 9, 2008 - 5 answers

MS Word's Undo is Making Me Come Undone

Another infuriating episode with your favorite source of aggravation and psychological trauma: MS Word! Experts and embittered veterans, click here and help me figure out where my "Undo" function went. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jan 7, 2008 - 10 answers

How to make regular expressions work with track changes?

How can I make Microsoft Word's Find-and-Replace feature work properly with regular expressions when Track Changes is on? [more inside]
posted by Partial Law on Oct 31, 2007 - 6 answers

What's the word on ditching Word?

Help me ditch Word, yet still deliver a document that uses Word templates. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 3, 2007 - 17 answers

MS Word query

In MS Word, is there a simple way to change every underlined word in a document into italics?
posted by azure_swing on Apr 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Where did my macros go? what macros do you use?

My MS Word (2003 version) macros keep disappearing! What gives? While I'm at it, what macros do you use? [more inside]
posted by timnyc on Feb 13, 2007 - 2 answers

MS Word approving nonsense words in spell check?

Reasons Word tells me a document passed spell check when it has misspelled words in it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 8, 2006 - 10 answers

How to disable autoprinting in Word?

How do I disable one-touch printing in Word? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Sep 25, 2005 - 7 answers

Word won't let me open my password-protected document! I know the damned password.

Password problem in Word 2000... [more inside]
posted by Savannah on Sep 21, 2005 - 4 answers

How can I use multiple page numbering styles in one Word document?

MS Wurd formatting problem: page numbering. [+] [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Dec 21, 2004 - 10 answers

Help me identify this software- is it spyware?

I have something on my MS Word window I can't get rid of, and I think it's spyware. Pic of offending thing inside. [more inside]
posted by johnnydark on Aug 5, 2004 - 8 answers

Word vs Works

LudditeFilter: My new laptop came with MS Works and I hate it. I'm pining for my trusty Word. Is there a way to copy the program from my old computer and install it on the new one? I no longer have any of the original discs.
posted by CunningLinguist on Jul 13, 2004 - 8 answers

MS Word autocorrect: can I set it to auto capitalize several different inputs into the same output?

In Word, is there any way to set up autocorrect such that it automatically capitalises different combination? E.g., I want 'member State', 'Member state' and 'member state' to automatically be capitalised as 'Member State', but after putting in the first combination, autocorrect can't recognise the difference. Any ideas?
posted by biffa on Jun 29, 2004 - 3 answers

What's the best dictionary to use with Word for Windows?

What's the best dictionary to use in conjunction with Word (Windows)? I am a writer and would like to search/cross reference definitions--and synonyms, if possible--directly from my file in Word, and without going online. Webster's Third New Unabridged is my go-to dictionary, but the reviews of its CD-ROM leave me confused. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Apr 18, 2004 - 3 answers

WordXP -> Word2000

I'm having trouble saving a Word XP Letterhead design into a format compatible with Word 2000. [more inside]
posted by weston on Feb 21, 2004 - 3 answers

Fastest way to list keywords for a book index?

I need help create a word list for a book index. You can mark words in MS Word, and it will then create an index for you, but my publisher wants to create the index. From me, she just needs a list of the words that are going to be in the index. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Feb 20, 2004 - 12 answers

How do I create a book index?

How do they create book indexes? I have a friend who's a grad student, and she needs to create an index for her hundred page scientific thesis. Is there any easy way to do it in MS Word, or another software product -- something that a non-geek could churn and burn with in a couple of hours?
posted by SpecialK on Jan 22, 2004 - 17 answers

Is there any way to use Type 1 fonts in MS Word for Windows ME?

I've got a couple of Type 1 fonts that I would like to use, but MS Word crashes whenever I try to use them. They work fine in all other applications. I've got Adobe Type Manager, latest version. I've asked about this in several other forums, without being able to solve the problem. If anyone can sort this out, it's gotta be the AskMe crew.

And, oh yeah, I'm running Windows ME. Bring it on. I can take it.
posted by Termite on Jan 3, 2004 - 8 answers

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