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Word Tips and Tricks

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn helpful tips and shortcuts to create more professional-looking documents in Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word contains a multitude of helpful features that can streamline your document creation workflow. In this course, Nick Brazzi shines a spotlight on some of the software's lesser-known features, sharing useful tips that can help you improve your productivity and efficiency in Microsoft Word. Follow along with Nick Brazzi as he shares a variety of power-user formatting tricks, including how to select text more effectively, maintain text format when you're copying and pasting, and add a drop cap effect. Plus, learn how to share custom dictionaries, work with nonprinting characters, leverage the Resume Assistant, and much more.

Note: This course was recorded on Word for Office 365; however, most of the contents will benefit anyone using Office 2019 or 2016.


  • Explore some less-known features in Microsoft Word
1. Application and Document Defaults
  • Disable the Start screen
  • Set default font for new documents
  • Update Word
2. Adding and Formatting Text
  • Use automatic text replacement
  • Insert placeholder text
  • Work with website links
  • Select text more effectively
  • Maintain format during copy and paste
  • Use the Drop Cap effect
3. Spelling and Proofing Tools
  • Add words to the custom spell check dictionary
  • Share custom dictionaries
  • Set the spell check language or disable spell check
4. Useful Tools
  • Show non-printing characters
  • Word and character count
  • Compress pictures to decrease file size
  • Cite your sources with Researcher
  • Get help writing a resume from the Resume Assistant
  • Lock a document to restrict editing
  • Next steps

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Nick Brazzi

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