Tuesday Tip: Microsoft Word Hacks

Laptop computer displaying logo of Microsoft Word, a word processor developed by MicrosoftMost of us work in Microsoft Word all the time without issue. But when one arises, it can be very frustrating. Here are some tips to make your life a bit easier.

  • Have you ever closed a Microsoft Word document without remembering to save it? No autosave either? No need to stress. Simply open file explorer and search for “.asd” under “my/this pc” and the document will be there.
  • Does slowly deleting one letter at a time annoy you? You can delete an entire word by holding the Ctrl key along with Backspace. This trick allows you to quickly remove sentences or even entire paragraphs.
  • Are you familiar with Smart Lookup? If you right click on a word in your document, and select Smart Lookup from the options, you can easily search the web from inside Word. It allows you to see the word’s definition, origin, pronunciation, and much more.
  • Do you use particular tools in Word that are not included in the quick-access ribbon at the top of your document? Consider customizing your ribbon, which is what Microsoft calls those shortcuts. By navigating to the File menu, then clicking on Options, you will see the Customize Ribbon option which will show the contents of your current ribbon broken down to tabs. You can now alter what commands appear to make your experience using Word more personalized and efficient.
  • Have you ever wanted to make it clear that a document you are sharing is not ready for distribution? Add a watermark. Click on the Design tab and select Watermark. You can choose from one of the built-in options or apply your own text/image-based watermark by clicking on Custom Watermark.


Kyle Zoeller: In his role of Client Manager, Kyle spends his days gaining a deep understanding his clients’ businesses, ensuring they have the support they need, and being there to provide advice and guidance as their IT requirements evolve.

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