Microsoft Word: 15 Tips You Need to Know (Part 1)

Microsoft Word is one of the most popular and highly used word processors on the planet. However, despite the fact that Word has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 tips to help you use Microsoft Word. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Microsoft Word Can Judge the Quality of Your Writing

It’s no secret that the software can spellcheck whatever you write, but most people don’t know that it can assess the quality of your work as well. Word can use the Flesch Reading Ease test to determine how complex and comprehensible a piece of writing is.

Number Fourteen: Highlight a Box of Text With This Special Trick

No, we don’t just mean highlighting several lines of text – that’s too easy. You can actually highlight a box within a block of text by holding down “Alt” (Option) while clicking down and dragging your mouse. It’s a pretty specific trick, but it could come in handy.

Number Thirteen: Generate Filler Text in Seconds

If you’re working with something where you need text and don’t have time to write nonsense yourself, simply type “=lorem(p,l)” into Microsoft Word. Replace the “p” with how many paragraphs of filler text you need and the “l” with the number of lines sentences you want, and the software will generate as much or as little text as you want!

Number Twelve: Use a Calculator With Ease

Though Word is generally considered a writing tool, it does occasionally crossover with math (especially for high school-aged students). Interested users can go to File > Options > Quick Access Toolbar and switch to “All Commands” to do this. Then click “Calculate Command” so the calculator is added to the toolbar. Voila! However, of note is that this trick is only applicable to PCs.

Number Eleven: One-Click Highlight Trick

If you want to highlight an entire sentence but can’t be bothered to click and drag, just hold down the “Ctrl” key and click on any word. The software will subsequently highlight the whole sentence!

Number Ten: Revisit Old Edits You Forgot About

If you leave a document only to come back to it and forget where you were in the editing process, there’s a trick for that. Just hold down “Shift” + “F5” and you’ll be directed to the place in the document where you last edited content.

Number Nine: Use a Document as a Whiteboard

To put text anywhere (and we mean anywhere) on the page, simply click twice where you want the text and you can begin typing. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 tips you need to know for Microsoft Word, coming soon!