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Microsoft Office is the big gun of office suites, but its high price (Office XP Professional, purchased new, costs $1288) and its aggressive copy controls may encourage consumers to seek alternatives.

Fix your favourite font

The default font settings used when you start up your word processor aren't always the ones you want. If you're tired of changing fonts to make your documents look just right, it's easy to change the defaults; readon in this Windows tip.

Hyperlink to jump anywhere in a document

When you think of hyperlinks, you probably think of Web pages, right? But if you're using Word 97 or 2000, or WordPerfect 8, you can think again. Creating such interactive documents involves just two steps: first, you create bookmarks to text and ob...

Move graphic objects smoothly in Word

Moving graphic objects in Word to exactly where you want it can sometimes be difficult due to Microsoft Word's invisible grid. But there are ways around it, here's how . . .

Flag common typos

Automatically flagging words you commonly mistype in Microsoft Word can mean easy proofreading later on. Here's how . . .

Easy two-key ways to extend selected text

Both Word, in every version from 6 to 2000, and WordPerfect, versions 6.1 through 8, offer a number of ways to select blocks of text for formatting, and most people know how to do this using the mouse and keyboard. But an alternative method enables y...

Perform in-line calculations in Word

Sometimes it's handy to be able to calculate numbers quickly directly in the text of a document, without using a table or equation editor. In Word versions 6.0 to 2000, this rather straightforward function is well-hidden and poorly documented. Here's...

Change Word's styles

Got a favourite font you'd like to be used as default in your Word documents? Here's how to change any style, including the font for Headers and Footers, in Microsoft Word.

Coping with missing fonts

A co-worker has sent you a Word document by e-mail. When you open it, some of the fonts look very strange, making you think somebody's flipped their formatting lid. Don't send for the shrink -- your colleague has simply used a font not installed on y...

Add screen shots to Word

Whether you're preparing training documents or just want to insert a picture of a Web site from your browser, capturing program screens and using them in Word documents is a lot easier than you might expect.

See files in multiple directories

Most people store documents they've created in separate folders, identified by the project or another criterion. Normally, Word's File-Open dialogue box shows you only one of these folders at a time, forcing you to open other directories separately t...

What colour do you want today?

While your monitor and printer have long been able to handle millions of colours, Word has always been limited to a basic set of 16 colours for text. Finally, Word 2000 provides access to an extended palette of 16 million colours. Here's how . . .

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