Most people have used Word, but how many people use all of its functions? Very few, I suspect. I imagine that I use more Word features than most but I am still discovering new features – some more useful than others. There are a lot of tools packed into Word and it takes some time to get to grips with them all. Editors spend a lot of time talking about macros and getting to grips with macros will increase the number of tasks you can automate (see my macro baby steps series if you want to take the plunge), but you can make your editing life a lot easier just by using the tools that are already built into Word.
On your Word ribbon, tucked away at the top right-hand corner of the Paragraph group, you will find this symbol ¶. Hover your mouse over it, and it says “Show/Hide ¶ – Show paragraph marks and other hidden formatting symbols”. Click on the symbol and all the “characters” that you don’t usually see appear.
Word comes with a few pre-assigned keyboard shortcuts: most of us are familiar with saving using CTRL+S, cutting with CTRL+X, and pasting with CTRL+V – and we wouldn’t be without CTRL+Z to undo our typos! Word also allows you to assign your own keyboard shortcuts for Word commands, macros, symbols and styles, among other things …
The Quick Access Toolbar is a handy place to keep your most frequently used Word features. It's a feature of all Microsoft Office products, but it's not something that I have made use of in anything other than Word.
If you haven’t added anything to your Quick Access Toolbar, you will probably find it on top of your ribbon looking something like this:
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