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More Microsoft Word Features You May Not Know

by Diana Benner
Screenhot of templates in Word

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog about features of Microsoft Word you might not know about. And today I’m sharing even more tips and tricks to make Word more useful for you.

Signature Feature in Word

If you have a document that requires a signature, you are in luck. With Microsoft Word, you can draw a signature and add it to your document. To do this:

  1. Go to the Insert tab.
  2. Click on Shapes.
  3. In the Lines section, click on the icon that looks like a scribble.
  4. Your cursor will now be ready for you to click and drag your mouse to write your signature. Once you are finished, it will be converted into a picture that you can move around or resize.

If you have a touchscreen, it might be easier to use that instead of your mouse.

Screenshot of Microsoft Word's signature feature

Start Typing Anywhere

Don’t think that you must start typing in Word at the top line. You can start in the middle of the page or even at the bottom. To do this:

  1. Move your cursor to wherever you want to type.
  2. Double click on that spot.
  3. Start typing.

Word Shortcuts

Using shortcuts can save you a lot of time. Below are a few to try out:

  • Ctrl + W – Closes Word.
  • Ctrl + Z – Undoes your last action.
  • Ctrl + Backspace – Erases entire words.
  • Ctrl + Click – Selects an entire sentence.
  • Ctrl + Enter – Inserts page break.
  • Ctrl + F – Finds specific text.
  • Ctrl + End – Goes to the end of the document.

Pre-Made Templates

You can use pre-made templates when creating a resume, menu, brochure, or need to complete other projects. These templates are provided by Microsoft and set up the document so you can start working immediately. To find and use a template, do this:

  • Go to File, then New.
  • You’ll see templates appear. You can also use the search bar to search for templates.
  • Click on the template you want to use.

There is no use in recreating the wheel if a template already exists!

Screenshot of Microsoft Word's templates

Microsoft Word Translate Feature

You can use Word’s translate feature to read and write in foreign languages. To do this:

  1. Select the text or sentence you want to translate.
  2. Right click on it.
  3. Scroll to Translate. The Translator panel will open showing the text.
  4. Select the language you want to translate it to.

If you want, you can also place the translated text into the document by clicking Insert.

Screenshot of Microsoft Word's translate feature

Try a few of these tips and tricks to boost your Microsoft Word experience! For more tips and tricks when using Microsoft Word, check out this blog post. And feel free to add your own tips in the comments.

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4 comments

Howard Fadner November 8, 2022 - 9:01 am

Thanks for the new tips

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Simcha Baht-Israel November 8, 2022 - 9:52 am

I needed these tips, Thanks

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ceaire November 8, 2022 - 1:32 pm

thanks for new tips

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Michelle Miles-Hall November 8, 2022 - 2:25 pm

thank you!

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