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How to customize Word bullet points

June 5, 2012, 8:21 AM PDT

Takeaway: Word’s default bullet character is adequate, but you can add a bit of distinction or creativity by using custom bullet characters.

Highlight text with the gradient fill effect in Word

Takeaway: Using font colors is nothing new, but you can also apply a gradient fill effect to text. Here’s how.

Use Word macros to save your place in a document

May 17, 2012, 8:19 AM PDT

Takeaway: Use these two simple Word macros to temporarily bookmark a spot you want to return to later.

Add a pie chart to a Word document without opening Excel

Takeaway: You can bypass Excel and insert a pie chart into a Word document, from inside Word. Susan Harkins explains.

How to prefix a numbered list in Microsoft Word

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How to prefix a numbered list in Microsoft Word

Takeaway: Susan Harkins shows you how to quickly add a descriptive prefix to a numbered list in a Word document.

10 tips for troubleshooting Excel formulas and functions

By Susan Harkins
March 1, 2012, 9:19 AM PST

Takeaway: Finding and fixing errors in formulas and functions can be tedious and time-consuming. Here are some practical tips to help you cut to the chase.

Simple steps to convert a list into a formatted Word table

Takeaway: Lists are great, but sometimes, a table is better. Learn how to quickly convert a list in Word into a formatted table.

Unlock missing screen saver configuration settings in Windows 7

By Greg Shultz
April 22, 2010, 8:30 AM PDT

Takeaway: Greg Shultz describes his HTML applications, which allow you to tweak the Bubbles, Ribbons, and Mystify screen savers.

Convert Office 2007 files to a 2003 readable format

Takeaway: This quick tip is still one of the most popular Microsoft Office Blog posts, which begs the question: Are you still using Office 2003?

Launch Word with the most recently used document

By Susan Harkins
February 7, 2012, 8:09 AM PST
Takeaway: Show users how to open the most recently used file when launching Word. Or, provide them with a shortcut that does the same thing.

Some of us begin most work sessions opening the last file we were working with. When this is the case, users can save a few keystrokes by opening the most recently used file when they launch Word. Fortunately, doing so is simpler than you might think - just flip a switch.

To launch Word with the most recently used file, do the following:

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