Category: Microsoft Word 2003

Show / Hide Shortcut Keys on Toolbar ScreenTips

Summary: Learn keyboard shortcuts to popular Microsoft Word 2003 menu items by hovering your mouse pointer over toolbar buttons.

Depending on how your copy of Microsoft Word 2003 is configured, whenever you hover your mouse pointer over toolbar buttons, ScreenTips (popup help) appear describing the buttons’ functions. These ScreenTips may or may/not also show keyboard shortcuts for a particular function. If shown, you can find out shortcuts by hovering your mouse pointer. For example, hover over the printer icon and see that keyboard shortcut CONTROL-P results in the current document getting printed.

If you wish to turn these keyboard shortcut help tips on or off, do the following:

1. Click “Tools” – “Customize”.

2. When the “Customize” multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the “Options” tab.

3. Check or uncheck “Show shortcut keys in ScreenTips” as desired. If this box is disabled, you must first check “Show ScreenTips on toolbars”.

4. Click “Close” to save your settings.

Prevent Accidental Changes to Normal Template

Summary: Help prevent accidental keystrokes or macro viruses from changing your Microsoft Word defaults.

When Microsoft Word 2003 starts up it loads a template file called NORMAL.DOT. This contains master layout information for all of your Word documents, including the default font, page margins, styles, and more.

Sometimes NORMAL.DOT changes are good if you have default settings that should apply to all of your documents. Other times, accidental changes could have unintended effects. And in worse situations, macro viruses can target the NORMAL.DOT file for modification.

You can force Microsoft Word 2003 to ask you every time it closes whether you want to save the NORMAL.DOT file. This way, if you know you made necessary changes to your default template you can save the file. Otherwise, you can help prevent mysterious or unintended changes by not overwriting the default template.

1. Choose “Tools” – “Options”.
2. When the “Options” multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the “Save” tab.
3. Check “Prompt to save Normal template”.
4. Click “OK” to save your settings.

Wavy Underlines, Double Underlines, and More

Summary: Underline selected text with waves, dots, double-underlines, colored underlines, and more.

With Word 2003, when you highlight text and press the “U” button for underline, the text is underlined with one solid line. Did you know you could, instead, insert a wavy underline, a double underline, a dotted underline, and more? To do so:

1. Highlight text you want to underline.

2. Right-click and choose “Font”.

3. When the “Font” multi-tabbed dialog box appears, select the “Font” tab.

4. Click on the “Underline style” pull-down and choose your desired style of underlining. Look at the “Preview” box to see how your underline will look on selected text.

5, Click on the “Underline color” pull-down to make the color of the underline different from the color of the selected text. Look at the “Preview” box to see how your underline will look on selected text.

6. When done, click “OK” to close the dialog box.