Have you ever been typing and found that you needed to put some of your information into a table to display it more attractively? Well, Word has a neat keyboard feature that allows you to do just that.
Although Word’s ability to create tables from the Insert tab or to draw them using the Table Draw feature is wonderful and very easy, your fingers don’t have to leave the keyboard if you use the handy tip described below.
For example, if you want a 2-column table:
Optional/Step 1: Make sure your Show/Hide feature is turned on so you can follow your cursor more easily —located in Paragraph group on the Home tab.
Step 2: Make sure your cursor is at the beginning of your left margin and type the “+” key (no quotes), and then use the Space Bar to space the approximate length of where you want the first column to end and then type another “+” (no quotes).
Step 3: Use the Space Bar again to space out the length of the second column and type another “+” and press the Enter key and Presto! You have the first row in your table.
Step 4: Your cursor should appear in the first column, and you are now ready to begin typing your text. Just press Tab key to move to the second column and type in that text.
Step 5: After you have typed in your text in the second column, press the Tab key again and a new row will be created automatically
Hint: If you want three or more columns, use the Space Bar and the “+” key to space out the length for the third column, etc., accordingly, but make sure all characters appear on one line.
After you have created your table and if you want make it fancier, just select the table and use one of the Word styles in Table Tools >Design.
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Want to take a picture of something on your computer screen? With a new feature in Office 2010 you can take screenshots or screen clippings (partial images of the screen) using Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Located on the Insert tab in the Illustrations group, the Screenshot and Screen Clipping commands allow you take a snap shot of any open program windows or to select just a portion of any open program window to clip and add to your document.
To use the Screenshot command, open the window that you wish to illustrate, click the Insert tab, then click the Screenshot button. A thumbnail of the window appears in the Available Windows gallery; click the thumbnail. An image of the window is inserted in your Word document as a graphic object. You can move, resize and format the object just as you would any graphic object.
To insert only a portion of the available window into your Word document, click the down arrow on the Screenshot command and click Screen Clipping. Using the mouse pointer, drag to select only the portion of the screen you wish to select. When you release the mouse button, the clip will be inserted into your Word document.
It’s a very handy and simple to use new feature in Office 2010!
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