Advanced Find and Replace shortcut for Word 2011

If you miss the dialog box and the quick switch to search and replace in Word 2011 fortunately, it is still there as Advanced Search.

Here is how to recreate the old default Key Shortcut Command-F:

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Feature change in Word 2011 prevents printing pictures

Microsoft Word users who have upgraded to Office for Mac 2011 may notice that suddenly they are unable to print pictures they’ve inserted or pasted into their Word documents. Or they may notice that files that they created and printed just fine in Word 2008 no longer print with their pictures when opened in Word 2011. Text doesn’t seem affected.

This problem is the result of an undocumented feature change in Word 2011. Although Word . . .

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Convert old Word (.doc) files to standard (.docx) files

Mac MVP James Gordon has posted directions on how to convert old Word (.doc) files to (.docx) files using an Automator workflow.

What does this converter do?

You choose one (.doc) file, several (.doc) files, or an entire folder filled with (.doc) files and the converter will save a copy of each Word file in standard open XML file format, better known as the “new” (actually more than 5 years old now) Word (.docx) format. . . .

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Customize Word 2011’s ribbon and enable more features

Word 2011’s ribbon may appear to be locked to a default set of tabs and functions but it’s actually more customizable than its sibling applications Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Users can choose whether or not to display the ribbon at all, view tabs or rearrange tabs. Behavior between each Office 2011 application is inconsistent, so some settings need to be accessed in different ways.

Word 2011’s default ribbon

When opening a new Word document, . . .

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Creating signatures in Outlook 2011

Simple signatures

In Outlook 2011, signatures can be created via Outlook>Preferences. Click on the Signatures icon, and a new window will open.

Click on the plus (+) symbol in the lower left corner to create a new signature.

You can type your text into the signature pane on the right. Note that there is neither ribbon nor formatting toolbar here; any formatting will have to be done via the Format menu, which offers a number . . .

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