Category: Microsoft Word 2000

Fancy Underlining

Summary: More options for making your Microsoft Word 2000 text stand out.

Why underline your text with a simple black line when you can do much more?

In Microsoft Word 2000, Select the text to be underlined then right-click and select “Font”.

Now, underneath the “Underline Style” pulldown, select your desired underline type. You can use a solid line, dashes, waves, and more. Plus, underneath “Underline Color” you can make underlines in a different color than the normal text color. Check out the “Preview” section to see how your underline will look.

When you are done, press “OK” to close the dialog box.

How do I Insert a Copyright Symbol in My Document?

Summary: Insert Copyright symbols in Microsoft Word 2000 documents.

This tip is for Microsoft Word 2000.

For the Microsoft Word 2003 version of this tip, visit Adding Copyright, Trademark, Registered Trademark Symbols – Microsoft Word 2003

For the Microsoft Word 2007 version of this tip, visit Insert Copyright, Trademark, Other Symbols – Microsoft Word 2007

Microsoft Word 2000’s AutoCorrect feature can be a pain at times, but in other instances it can be quite helpful. Take copyrights and trademarks for example. Normally, you would have to go through a couple of menus to insert such symbols in your documents. As long as AutoCorrect is turned on, just typing (c), (r), or ™ in your document should result in a copyright symbol, registered trademark, and trademark symbol being displayed, respectively.

Save Complex Documents Often

Summary: Keep from losing your Microsoft Word 2000 documents due to a crash.

This tip is just good common sense. If you are working on a complex document with lots of alignment changes, tabstops, and columns, be sure to save your document often. No software program is perfect. Microsoft Word 2000 can crash, and it has done so at random when using some of the more complex features.

Fit Multiple Pages on One Page

Summary: Here’s how to fit more pages of your Microsoft Word 2000 documents on less sheets of paper.

Short on paper? You can have Microsoft Word 2000 print 2, 4, or more pages of your document on one sheet of paper. To try this trick, choose the “File” menu and select “Print”. On the “Print” dialog box that appears, head to the bottom-right section of the window labeled “Zoom”. Click the “Pages per sheet” pulldown and select how many pages that you want printed on one sheet of paper.

Note that, especially if you want to print more than six pages per sheet of paper, your printer needs to handle 600 dpi or better. Most modern printers can handle this with ease, but if your printer is several years old, you should test this feature on draft documents first.

Stop Showing Red and Green Lines!

Summary: Get rid of the red and green squiggly lines in your Microsoft Word 2000 technical documents.

Especially with technical documents or documents containing plenty of acronyms, there may be huge sections of your text that don’t follow Microsoft Word 2000’s default spelling and grammar rules. Underneath these sections of text, Word normally will put red squiggly lines for spelling errors and green squiggly lines for grammar errors. If you’re tired of seeing these lines, there is a way to stop their display.

Select the area of text that you don’t want Microsoft Word 2000 to grammar or spell check. Select the “Tools” menu, then “Language”, then “Select Language”. On the “Language” dialog box that appears, uncheck “Do not check spelling or grammar”, and then press “OK” to close the dialog box.

Voila! No more squiggly lines!

How Can I Show All Menu Items?

Summary: Show all the Microsoft Word 2000 menu items.

Office 2000 introduces a different type of menu. In it, only certain items, supposedly the most utilized ones, are visible to you when going through the menus. Other menu items require clicking on a down arrow at the bottom of each menu. The shown menu items are supposedly the most recently used commands, but I find the hiding of other options stifling. I want all of my menu options available all the time. And here’s how to get that functionality back with Word.

First, choose the “Tools” menu and select “Customize”. On the multi-tabbed dialog box that follows, select the “Options” tab. Uncheck “Menus show recently used commands first” and then click the “Close” button.

Now, ALL of your menu options are available!

Password Protect Your Documents

Summary: Help keep your Microsoft Word 2000 documents from prying eyes.

If you’re concerned about your Microsoft Word 2000 document’s security, you may want to password protect it. This way, you can help ensure your document does not get read and/or modified by the wrong individuals.

To enable password protection, start up Microsoft Word 2000 and open up the document that you need protected. Click the “Tools” menu then “Options”. On the multi-tabbed dialog box that follows, select the “Save” tab. To prevent unauthorized opening of your document, type in a password under “Password to open”. To prevent unauthorized modifications, type in a password under “Password to modify”. Press “OK” to close the dialog box. Word will then ask you to confirm your password(s).

Realize that password protection is not fail-safe. It can be cracked. However, for many instances, this protection may be good enough for your documents.

Dollars – but No Cents

If you are working on financial documents or any other documents involving money in Microsoft Word 2000, chances are that you normally use the $ key on the keyboard to signify monetary amounts over a dollar. However, there may be times when you need to type in figures less than a dollar. Sure, you could always type 75 cents like so: $0.75, but what about typing in the cents sign (the ‘c’ with the slash)? To do so, just hold down the CONTROL key while pressing the slash ‘/’ button. Then, press the ‘c’ key. A cents sign will instantly appear in your current document.

Fancy Text Effects with WordArt

Summary: Create some eye-catching text in Microsoft Word 2000 for your advertisements or newsletters.

If you need some fancy text, perhaps for a title for a flyer or mail-out, try using Microsoft Word 2000’s “WordArt” feature.

Click the “View” menu, select “Toolbars”, and check the “WordArt” toolbar if it is not already checked. Click where you would like the fancy text entered. Now, find the “WordArt” toolbar in Word 2000. Click the “A” button on this toolbar. A “WordArt Gallery” dialog box will follow. Select how you would like the text to look and press “OK”. Now, an “Edit WordArt Text” dialog box follows. From here, you can change the text font, size, etc., and enter the text that you want displayed. When you are done, press “OK”. Afterwards, your desired text, in the format that you chose, will appear in your document. Click and drag the “WordArt” to move it around, if desired.