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#27213

The Draw Layer: A Metaphysical Space (And How to Bring It Back Down to Earth)

Word's draw layer is a metaphysical space where floating objects reside. It really isn't a layer, since floating objects can be sent behind the text layer or brought out in front of it. Either way, they continue to reside in the draw layer.

Rado, Dave and Bill Coan. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Graphic Design>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27227

Early vs. Late Binding

There are two ways to use Automation (or OLE Automation) to programmatically control another application.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Programming>Microsoft Word

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#27203

Finding and Replacing Non-Printing Characters (such as Paragraph Marks) and Text Formatting

How to find text that has particular formatting and replace it with different text, but without changing the formatting.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27229

Getting Help With Calling Word's Built-In Dialogs Using VBA

There are two Help topics in Word VBA Help that are required reading to get you started with built-in dialogs: 'Displaying built-in Word dialog boxes' and 'Built-in dialog box argument lists'. Unfortunately, in the latter article, Microsoft listed the arguments you can use but forgot to mention what the arguments mean or what values they can take! Fortunately, the dialog box arguments are almost identical to the arguments of the commands of WordBasic, so if you know one, you can work out the other. Therefore, the WordBasic Help file is at present by far the best resource for programmers wanting to use the dialogs. It is an absolute must-have.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Programming>Microsoft Word

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#27207

How Can I Recover a Corrupt Document or Template – and Why Did It Become Corrupt?

Saving when resources are low can cause corruptions. If you notice Word start to slow down noticeably it's always best to quit and restart Word immediately; to close any other applications that are open; and to clear the clipboard, by selecting any character and copying it.

Rado, Dave and John McGhie. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27230

How to Customise the Control Toolbox in the VB Editor

Supposing you frequently need to add Multiline Text Boxes to your UserForms, with the EnterKeyBehavior property set to True. Or let's say you want to drag a 'Next' button straight onto your userform and not have to change the text in it to say 'Next', and not have to change the dimensions of the button.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Programming>Microsoft Word

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#27223

How to Cut Out Repetition and Write Much Less Code, by Using Subroutines and Functions That Take Arguments

Most of us write routines that do similar operations more than once. It makes your code much less cumbersome and much easier to follow if you hive off all such repetitive chunks of code into separate subroutines or functions. The difference between a sub and a function is that a function can return a value. Within the function itself, you can treat the function name like a variable, and give it a value and then you can call the function and get that value.

Rado, Dave. STC Proceedings (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Programming>Microsoft Word

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#27237

How to Remove Manually Typed Numbering from a Document

You can use the old Word 2 command: WordBasic.ToolsBulletsNumbers Replace:=0, Type:=1, Remove:=1 This command is particularly useful for removing manually typed numbering from Headings in a document you have been emailed, prior to applying List Numbering.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2002). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27238

How to Safely Update a Document's Styles from its Template Without Using the Organizer

If you want to update the style definitions of a document with the style definitions in its attached template, you can manually select Tools + Templates and Add-ins, check the box which says 'Automatically update document styles', click OK; and then, because that setting is sticky (and most of the time, undesirable), immediately select Tools + Templates and Add-ins again, deselect the 'Automatically update document styles' box, and click OK.

Rado, Dave, Margaret Aldis, Ian Sharpe and Beth Melton. Word MVP Site, The (2002). Articles>Word Processing>Style Sheets>Microsoft Word

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#27186

How to Save Yourself Hours by Using Outline View Properly

Word's Outline View is wonderful for long documents and – used properly – can cut the time taken to write a typical report, proposal, thesis, or dissertation by as much as 50%.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27215

I Have a "Name" Column Which I Want to Split Into "FirstName", "LastName": How Can I Do It?

Word's sorting capability is fairly rudimentary, especially for those migrating to it from WordPerfect (though it's surprising how many people don't realize Word can sort paragraphs, not just tables – or maybe not so surprising, given where the item is in the menus! The ability to sort on word 2 in field 3 would certainly be very useful (in Excel as well). But there are various things you can do in the meantime.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Databases>Microsoft Word

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#27196

Making Your Mail Merge "Intelligent" by Using IF Fields

Almost any mail merge will work better if you use IF fields, as the frequently used scenarios discussed below attempt to illustrate.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Databases>Microsoft Word

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#27239

"Page X of Y" Gives Wrong Numbers

If you have applied the latest service release for your version of Word, and you still have the Page X of Y problem, any of the solutions mentioned below will work for you.

Rado, Dave and Suzanne Barnhill. Word MVP Site, The (2002). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27233

Positioning Floating Objects

Word 2000 can be a nightmare when it comes to positioning shapes – Word 97 was much more predictable.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2002). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27231

Running a Macro Automatically When a Document is Created, Opened or Closed

If you want a macro to be fired whenever any document is opened, regardless of which template the document is attached to, the simplest way is to write an AutoOpen macro and store it in Normal.dot.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Programming>Microsoft Word

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#27188

Some of the Most Useful Word Shortcuts

This list doesn't attempt to be comprehensive, but is a list of the shortcuts which save me the most time.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27197

Turning Word into a Pseudo-Database by Using Mail Merge Query Options

Purists might argue that the power it gives ordinary users isn't necessary because they should use Access queries for this sort of thing and link the merge to the query. But in my experience, many people who are very comfortable working with Word and Excel find Access (or any full-fledged database application) very difficult to work with, and can get the job done far more quickly and easily using a combination of Word and Excel. At the end of the day, getting the job done is what matters. The vast majority of the world's databases (in terms of number of databases, rather than in terms of amount of data) are stored in Excel spreadsheets.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Databases>Microsoft Word

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#27222

Why Variables Should be Declared Properly

Almost all Microsoft Word variables should be dimensioned as whatever they are (Dim MyRange As Range, Dim MyString As String, etc.).

Rado, Dave. STC Proceedings (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Programming>Microsoft Word

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#27189

Word for Windows Commands, and Their Descriptions, Default Shortcuts and Menu Assignments

Word has a built-in command ListCommands, which produces a table of all the Word commands with their current key and menu assignments. However, it does not list the commands using their actual names; nor does it include descriptions of what the commands actually do.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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#27193

Working with Sections

When you delete a section break, or move an entire section to another part of the document, you get what seem to be very strange results. For instance, deleting a Continuous section break causes the preceding Next Page section break to convert to a Continuous one, or deleting a section break causes an important Header to disappear from the document, or causes the entire document to become landscape.

Rado, Dave. Word MVP Site, The (2005). Articles>Word Processing>Software>Microsoft Word

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