Word Tutorials

How to Use Word 

Bend Word to Your Will (written for Word for the Macintosh, this article has broad applicability to all versions of Word).

How to save yourself hours by using Outline View properly

What do all those funny marks, like the dots between the words in my document, and the square bullets in the left margin, mean?

Typographical Tips from Microsoft Publisher

Some of the most useful Word keyboard shortcuts

Word commands, and their descriptions, default shortcuts and menu assignments

How can I insert special characters, such as dingbats and accented letters, in my document?

Setting tabs

Ruler of all you survey: How to make the best use of Word's rulers

The strait and narrow – using columns

Working with sections

How can I automatically generate an index in Word?

How to control the page numbering in a Word document

Finding and replacing non-printing characters (such as paragraph marks), other special characters, and text formatting

Finding and replacing characters using wildcards

Is there life after Reveal Codes?

How Word differs from WordPerfect

The draw layer: a metaphysical space (and how to bring it back down to earth)

Cleaning up text pasted from the Web

How comments in Word work

How cross-reference fields in Word work

How properties and DocProperty fields work

How track changes in Word works

How highlight in Word works


Merging External Data

How to create a Mail Merge

Creating a Mail Merge Data Source

Making your mail merge intelligent by using IF fields

Turning Word into a pseudo-database by using Mail Merge Query Options 

Using MacroButton fields

Using Templates

The Basics

Part I: Creating simple templates

Part II: Creating complex book and report templates


How can I recover a corrupt document or template – and why did it become corrupt?

How to recover a Master Document

Why Master Documents corrupt

Using Tables

I have a Name column which I want to split into FirstName, LastName– how can I do it?

Forms, Fields and Macro Programming

How to add pop-up lists to any Word document, so you can click your way through changes in seconds

Creating a macro with no programming experience using the recorder

Run a macro automatically when Word starts or quits

Run a macro automatically when a document is created, opened or closed

Getting to grips with VBA basics in 15 minutes

The art of defensive programming

Why variables should be declared properly

How to cut out repetition and write much less code, by using subroutines and functions that take arguments

When to use parentheses to enclose subroutine and function arguments

Early vs. Late Binding

Getting help with calling Word's built-in dialogs using VBA (and why doing so can be much more useful than you'd think)

How to create a Userform

Useful WordBasic commands that have no VBA equivalent

Working with bookmarks

Determine the index number of the current paragraph

How to customise the Control Toolbox in the VBA Editor

Intercepting events like Save and Print

Writing application event procedures

Word Fields – Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

Updating Fields in Word – How it Works