Category: Microsoft Word 2003

Microsoft Word 2003 Spelling and Grammar – Disable Smart Tags

Microsoft Word 2003 introduced the concept of “Smart Tags”. When Microsoft Word recognizes a date, time, or other piece of information, it will underline the text in red. Hovering your cursor over the text brings up an “i” button. Clicking the button brings up a menu where you can performs tasks such as looking at a particular date in your Outlook Calendar, looking up a stock quote on a website, or adding a phone number to your Outlook Contacts.Read More

Microsoft Word 2003 Fonts – Apply Small Caps to Text

One way to make titles stand out in Microsoft Word 2003 documents such as flyers, promotional mailings, or announcements is to write titles in all caps.

Alternatively you can use Word 2003’s “Small Caps” feature that displays a phrase in all capital letters, but when you type uppercased letters, these letters appear larger than the others. It may prove useful to see some examples:

Examples of using Small Caps in Word 2003 documents

To use this feature:

1. Type in your desired text, capitalizing the first letter of each word.

2. Select the text and choose “Format” – “Font”, or right-click the text and choose “Font”.

3. When the “Font” dialog box appears, click the “Font” tab.

4. Check “Small Caps”. You should see a preview of your selected text below.

5. Click “OK” to close the dialog box.

Microsoft Word 2003 Toolbar Customization – Show / Hide Shortcut Keys on Toolbar ScreenTips

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.
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Microsoft Word 2003 Fonts – Create Wide Text

When creating Microsoft Word 2003 documents, you may frequently want headline or title text to stand out from the rest, especially if you are creating signs, posters, printed advertisements, etc. One way to do so is to make such text extra-wide for emphasis.Read More

Microsoft Word 2003 Fonts – Save Space Embedding TrueType Fonts

If your Word 2003 document contains fonts others do not have, you can embed fonts into your documents so others can see your work as you intended. Read More

Microsoft Word 2003 Miscellaneous – Add a Drop Cap

A drop cap, basically the first letter of the first word of a paragraph displayed in a large font, can add a touch of style or class to a document. Used sparingly, this feature can spice up a series of boring, plain paragraphs.Read More

Work on Two Separate Document Sections

Summary: View or edit two different parts of a Microsoft Word 2003 document simultaneously.

Editing a large Microsoft Word 2003 document? If so, it may prove cumbersome jumping back and forth between sections of the document performing editing tasks. If you’d like, you can work on two different sections of the document simultaneously by splitting the window. Read More

Microsoft Word 2003 Miscellaneous – Easy Table Creation

If you wish to display text in your Microsoft Word 2003 document in a table, you can go through and first create the table using the “Table -> Insert Table” menu, then selecting how tall and wide you want the table, then clicking on each individual table cell and entering data. However, there’s a MUCH easier way.Read More

Microsoft Word 2003 Miscellaneous – Sorting Text

Microsoft Word 2003 can sort text, such as a list of peoples’ names, class names, names of inventory items, etc. However, the option is somewhat hidden under the “Sort” menu.Read More

Microsoft Word 2003 Fonts – Disable Animated Text

Depending on your office, you may receive Word 2003 documents from those who like the text animation features a little too well. While occasional use of animated text can draw attention to a document when read onscreen, overuse can become very annoying.Read More