Microsoft Word is something which we all learn to use from primary school. Every computer user must have used it for some times being unaware some super cool hacks. Whether you are a daily user or an occasional user, these tricks will be a time-saver for you:
1. It’s all about CLICKS!
Yes right! The selection of your text varies with the number of clicks. Some of them would be obvious, but the rest will make you go “Whaaattt?”.
Single-click: Sets the cursor position.
Double-click: This will select a word.
Triple-click: This will select the paragraph.
Ctrl+Click: Selects a sentence.
Ctrl+Multiple-Clicks: Selects multiple texts from different blocks.
Dragging is not the only option anymore.
2. Play with text blocks
Do you know that you can select a square block of text and modify it however you want? Just like this:
Just press the Alt key & drag the mouse to select any size of text block. Voila! Use your creative mind and get ready to play with it.
3. Type anywhere!
Ever used your spacebar or right alignment just to type a text on the right panel of your page? You wouldn’t do that if you knew this hack. Double-click anywhere you want to type. It’s as simple.
4. Track your copied text in the clipboard.
It happens quite often when you have to copy-paste more than one text for many times. What will you do? Copy the text each time you use it? Big NO! Word’s Clipboard stores 24 elements that you copy. To view the clipboard, open the home tab and click on the drop-down arrow sitting next to the Clipboard option.
You can see a clipboard panel, on the left, containing all the copied texts.
5. Master the shortcuts!
If you use MS Word in your daily life or your mouse is disabled, then this one is for you. Press the Alt button. A set of characters will appear on the tabs. You just have to continue your navigation by pressing the desired character(s).
6. Check your recent edits.
During proofreading; you may want to check your last edits that you made. You can use either your memory or this easy trick. Press Shift+F5 to see the last edit.
7. Read mode
Sometimes you just have to read your document without any distractions. There are better ways to do that.
First, you can unpin your ribbon menu by using Ctrl+F1.
Second, you can turn on the read mode option. How? Here are the various ways:
On the ribbon menu, go to the view tab and select ‘Read Mode’ option.
On the status bar, click on the read mode symbol.
Keyboard shortcut: Alt+W+F
8. Spike your text
This feature allows you to collect various text blocks or images from your document and paste them somewhere else in the same or other Word document. Just follow the instructions carefully.
Select the required text/image & press Ctrl+F3. This cuts the selected information. But if you want to keep it, just press Ctrl+Z.
Repeat the above step until you complete the selection. Then, go where you want to paste all the information. Press Ctrl+Shift+F3. That’s it!
9. The secret of the hidden text
Suppose you have to prepare quiz in a Word document. You have to make two docs with one having only questions and the other including the answers. Will you make two different docs? No.
You can just hide the answers while printing the questions. Let’s see how to do it.
1. Select your text which you would like to hide.
2. Go to the home tab.
3. Click on the drop-down arrow which is next to the font option.
4. A dialog box will appear. Click the Hidden checkbox.
If you want to make all the hidden text visible, then follow these steps:
1. Go to the file tab.
2. Select options.
3. Select display option and then tick the hidden text checkbox.
4. Press Ok. Magic!
10. Fake random text
Last but not the least. If you are excited to try all these tricks, then you can create your own random document with this method. Just type “=rand(p,l)” in your doc. Here, p=number of paragraphs and l=number of lines in each para. Go try this! Now!