NEW – Quality Assurance Plan Templates (MS Word + Excel)

This week we created a new set of Quality Assurance Plan Templates. I sat templates as we developed more than just the MS Word template, but sample materials, and also seven pretty slick Excel spreadsheets. If you’re involved in tech writing or software testing, I think these templates will be of real value to your Quality […]

Using AutoCorrect To Fix Mistakes In MS Word

Do you keep making the same mistakes when typing? Microsoft Word has a couple of built-in features that fixes your mistakes as you type. It takes a bit of tweaking to get it right, but worth the effort in the long run. Here are three ways to use AutoCorrect to fix errors in your technical documents: […]

Microsoft Word v Adobe Framemaker

This post needs an update as both Microsoft Word and FrameMaker have both improved in the past three years. So, bear with me as I work on the update. In the meantime, take out your red pen and see if you agree. Which is better for writing long technical documents? Adobe FrameMaker or MS Word? […]

Guide to Fixing Corrupt MS Word Documents

How can you tell if your MS Word document is corrupt? For technical writers, discovering that your user guide has become corrupt is not good news. The effort you spent writing, editing and producing the document is now in jeopardy, especially if you cannot recover the lost text. Corrupt Documents: Examples It works different ways. […]

How to change 100 screenshots with a single click

All the screenshots in your Word document are different sizes. What’s the quickest way to get them all the same size? Is there a shortcut? Yes!

How to Stop MS Word Crashing By Adding Images Correctly

Microsoft Word crashes for different reasons. One of the most common is related to images. While Microsoft Word lets you import different file formats, it struggles to support some more than others. Another way to look at this is that it has a preference for some more than others. From the testing I’ve done, it […]

How to Create ‘Vertical’ Text in MS Word

In MS Word, you can change the orientation of text from horizontal to vertical in a few quick clicks. This trick is useful if you want to have text run up the side of a page or along a column. To do this, the text must be inside a text box, shape, callout, or table. […]

How to Create a Drop Cap in MS Word

Want to  insert drop capitals for chapters or paragraphs using Microsoft Office Word 2003 or 2007? To create a drop cap in Word: Select the first letter in the paragraph. Select Drop Cap from the Format menu bar. Choose None, Dropped, or In Margin. Select the type of font, the number of line to drop, and the […]