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How to Work Faster in Microsoft Word With Hidden Features

Written by Robert Kingsley
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If you spend a lot of time typing away in Microsoft Word, you may think you know all there is to know about it. You should be able to enter and format text as well as anyone and can likely even tweak settings and page layouts without issue. Though you may have the skills to get your work done, don’t let that make you think you know all there is to know. There are many features to Microsoft Word that don’t have buttons or UI hints. Hidden secrets that, when discovered, can help you work faster and more efficiently that you ever knew you could.

Did you know that Word remembers the spots you’ve recently edited in a large document and can allow you to cycle through them with a quick keyboard shortcut? Did you know that you can quickly change the case of an entire sentence with a two buttons? Did you know that you can strip formatting from a selection and convert it to plain text without touching a menu? If you can answer no to any of those questions, you should check out an article on Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal. You’ll learn a lot of new tricks to master your go-to word processor.

1. Select Text Quickly

You can triple-click anywhere within a paragraph to select the entire paragraph in Word. Or press the CTRL key and click anywhere within the sentence to select the entire sentence.


    2. The Extended Clipboard

    Word has a useful “Spike” feature that you can use cut (move) text and images from multiple locations in a document and paste them all at once to a different location.

    3. Write Anywhere on a Page

    Did you know that you can use your Word document as a whiteboard and write your text anywhere on the page.


      4. Add Placeholder Text

      There’s a Lorem Ipsum generator built inside Word to help you insert filler text anywhere inside the document. Type =rand(p,l) and press Enter to insert ‘p’ number of paragraphs each having ‘l’ lines. For instance, =rand(3,6) will generate 3 dummy paragraphs  with 6 lines each.


        Original Source – Digital Inspiration – Get Things Done Faster With These Microsoft Word Tips

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