#185: Quick & Easy Word Tricks

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”
– Albert Einstein.

Concurring with Einstein and Occam’s Razor, I definitely believe the simplest thing that works is usually best. (and why everyone wants an iPhone!) This week I’d like to share a few great Word tricks that will help you simply a few things in your documents.

Easy Table Tricks

Not many people know that you can create tables in Word by simply typing out a series of plus (+) and minus (-) signs.

Just start the row with a  (+) and then type as many (-) as you need until you have the column width you want. Wherever you want a new column to start just type another (+).  When you’re done be sure to put a finishing (+) at the end and press the ENTER key. Presto! There’s your table.

Adding More Rows: To add more rows to your table, just press the TAB key when you get to the last cell in the last row.

Easy Horizontal Dividers

Horizontal dividers are often helpful to  separate different sections of your document and make it more readable. Fumbling through the menus to find the right option is a challenge. However if you know the right trick you can create them lickety split, without ever interrupting your work flow.  The illustration below shows how you can create various types of dividers with a just a few quick keystrokes.

Drop me a note and let me know if you liked this one…or if you’ve got an iPhone you’d like to give me!!!!


2 thoughts on “#185: Quick & Easy Word Tricks

  1. Brian says:

    Wow! Why didn’t you have this tip when I was working?! You could’ve saved me a whole lot of time!
    hehe… Thanks for the tips, Mike, and keep ’em comin’, please!


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