Formatting Magic with Word is your comprehensive guide to the document formatting options in Microsoft Word. Over two decades of experience writing Word documents, flyers, certificates, signs and more packed into over 460 pages.
- Word 365, 2019 and 2016 for Windows
- Full Color
- over 460 pages
- Fast find, table of contents with links
- PDF format compatible with Windows, Mac, Apple and Android tablets and pretty much anything else including, of course, iPads!
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Change Word defaults
How to change the default font in Word? It’s a staple of ‘Word Tips’ columns. Sure, we’ll show you how to do that, but we’ll also show how to change other Word defaults like page size, line spacing, paragraph settings and more.
Better than Galleries
Modern Office has many Galleries, lists of pre-set designs and options that are quick and easy to use. Perhaps too quick and too easy because too many documents look the same even when they come from different authors.
Formatting Magic with Word looks beyond those Galleries and shows how to change and adapt those designs into unique and different looks.
All the buttons and more …
The book goes through all the common options for fonts and paragraphs that you’ll find on the Home tab, but also many other choices that can help you make your documents really stand out and look professional.
In other words, in-depth with the Word choices that are hidden behind the simple ribbon choices.
Lists, Lists and more lists
So many list options in Word:
All the options to make lists that suit you, your boss or teacher. Also list features and tricks that might surprise you.
SmartArt is a graphic way to display lists that’s worth considering.
So many possibilities to make your documents look great.
Mirror, Reverse and Flipping text.
Drop Caps with many choices including fancy lettering, colors and even pictures.
Chalkboard and Whiteboard effects
Adding a text or shape over an image
Some ‘copycat’ looks from Star Wars, Thunderbirds, Friends, Law and Order and more
Highlighting isn’t just for marking up a document.
Tables and Text Boxes
Word Tables are intended to present grids of information, but they have another use in solving difficult formatting problems.
Similarly, Text Boxes are a lot more powerful than the name suggests. The name ‘Text Boxes’ is a lie. They can contain a lot more than just text and don’t have to be boxes!
Then we’ll show you an easy way to use those formats. Word has a great way to standardize the look of your documents, but it’s been so clouded in mystery and confusion that even the name scares people away: Styles.
Styles can be your friend .. no honestly they can … there’s no need to run screaming at the very mention of styles. Formatting Magic in Word makes it easy.
We’ll take you through the basics of styles and why they are good for you. We’ll also tell you about parts of styles that are good for experts but best for us mere mortals to avoid (at least at first).
As usual with Office-Watch.com books, we don’t limit ourselves to the narrow topic. There’s useful extra coverage in this book that will help you make better Word documents.
Formatting Magic with Word, 4th edition
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[expand title=”Change Word defaults ” tag=”h3″]
- Changing Settings
- Changing defaults for ‘blank document’
- Styles in a Template
- Edit the template directly
[expand title=”Font” tag=”h3″]
- Font Style
- Font Color
- Underline Style
- Underline Color
- Character Spacing
- OpenType Features
[expand title=”Text Effects” tag=”h3″]
- Fast Text Effects
- Keep it simple
- Some Live Preview
[expand title=”Highlighting” tag=”h3″]
[expand title=”Paragraph” tag=”h3″]
- Indents and Spacing
- Line and Page Breaks
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- Tab Stop position
- Default tab stops
- View Tabs
- Tables instead of tabs
[expand title=”Borders” tag=”h3″]
- Apply to: Paragraph or Text
- Page Border
- Horizontal Line
[expand title=”Lists” tag=”h3″]
- List Styles
- Other Numbering Options
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- Define new bullet
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- Advanced Numbering Tricks
- Hidden Numbering Options
[expand title=”MultiLevel Lists” tag=”h3″]
[expand title=”SmartArt” tag=”h3″]
- Text Formatting
- Color changes
- Picture Designs
[expand title=”Text Boxes” tag=”h3″]
- Not just boxes
- Misleading Text
- Drawing Tools
- Change Shape
- Text Direction
- Vertical Alignment
- Edit Text
- Linked Text Boxes
[expand title=”Tables” tag=”h3″]
- Using hidden tables
- Beyond the Gallery
- With Footnotes
- Excel worksheet to Word table
[expand title=”Drop Caps” tag=”h3″]
- The ‘missing’ Drop Cap option
- Word or Letter
- Remove a Drop Cap
- More choices
- Styles and Consistency
- When to use a Drop Cap
[expand title=”Mirror, Reverse, Flip” tag=”h3″]
- Mirror horizontal
- Reverse vertically
- Both effects together
- Mirror vertically
- Vertical Text
- Mirror text only
- Any way you like
- Printer options
[expand title=”Styles 101″ tag=”h3″]
- Making a style
- Changing style setting
- Applying an existing style
- What’s Next
[expand title=”Be More Stylish” tag=”h3″]
- Character Styles
- Table styles
- List styles
- Word 2007 etc. changes
[expand title=”Special Formatting Tricks” tag=”h3″]
- Chalkboard / Blackboard
- Handwriting fonts
- Text or Shape Overlay on picture
- Star Wars