Word Tips & Tricks: the best tricks and key secrets

Microsoft Word is one of the pillars of the Microsoft Office suite. It is the most popular word processor on the market. As a result, this tool has become practically a standard. Word was released in 1983 and was designed to run on MS-DOS. Over 30 years have passed since its launch, during this time, the company has not stopped adding features and improving its interface. It is now available for Windows and macOS. There is also a version for mobile and tablet devices, either running Android or iOS.

Getting started with Word is easy. After all, all you need to do is open a new document and start writing. However, you should not forget that you are dealing with a powerful word processing tool, with an almost unlimited number of functions. Therefore, it takes time to master this tool completely.

We have prepared some guides and articles with tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Microsoft Word. You can start by reading about how to install it, how to open it, or how to use it. We also explain its history, what exactly it is and what it is used for. We also talk about some of the most basic functions, such as line spacing, indexes, and page numbering, helping you to locate and use them in your documents. Finally, you have guides focused on converting PDF files to Word and vice versa.

Do not forget that Microsoft Word is a paid application. Therefore, you will need to purchase a license or pay a subscription to use it. However, the company offers a 30-day free trial to help you decide whether or not Word meets your needs. Get its installer with the download button on this page.

How to reduce the size of a Word file

Like almost any text document, Word files do not usually take up too much space, usually around 20-30KB per document. Filling a modern hard disk with such files may become a titanic task: there is room for millions of documents of that size.

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How to add a watermark to a Word document

Watermarks are text and/or background images that we place on all document sheets. Since they are for background only, watermarks are printed with a low opacity, so any text written on top of them will cover them up. This is useful in several situations: to create an official company document by printing its logo in the background, to clarify that a document is a draft by placing the word "draft" in big letters on each page, and so on.

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How to translate text directly in Word

Microsoft Word has a built-in text translation tool. Thanks to it, it is possible to translate directly in the document we are in, without having to use other Internet translators and having to copy and paste. To use this tool, first, open Word with the document you want to translate.

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How to easily convert PDF to Word: online or using software

The easiest way to convert a PDF file into a Word document is by simply opening the document with the text editor from Microsoft. Find the PDF file on your computer, right-click on it and select Open with... The easiest way to convert a PDF into a Word document is simply by opening the document with the text editor from Microsoft. Find the PDF file on your computer, right-click on it and select Open with.

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How to reduce the size of Word documents

Depending on which elements are inserted in a Word document, it will have a larger or smaller size. For example, a file that only includes text occupies much less space than one that incorporates a multitude of graphic resources. If you have created a Word document and its size has grown considerably, the tricks we give you in this article will help you reduce it.

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Microsoft Word Portable: can it be downloaded?

Microsoft does not provide the user with a portable version of any of the applications included in the Office suite. Therefore, it is not possible, at least officially, to run Microsoft Word from a USB stick or a memory card.

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How to create macros in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word lets the user simply create macros. A macro is a set of recurring actions that are applied using a button or a keyboard shortcut. Thanks to this function, you can be more productive, avoiding performing the same actions over and over again.

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Why Microsoft Word is not responding

Although Word is a stable application, it is possible that at some point, you may encounter an unexpected shutdown. Another common failure is that the program does not start or simply stops responding. What solutions can help you with this problem?

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How to open Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word, like other programs, can be launched in several ways. Here are the ones you can use to run this text processor quickly from a Windows computer.

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How Microsoft Word works

How Word works is no different from that of any other application. Although it is a very powerful tool, using it is very simple. As usual in Windows, Microsoft Word runs within its own window, easily recognizable by its dark blue color.

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How to use Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is one of the best word processors on the market. It offers great versatility thanks to the large number of functions it includes. But do not be overwhelmed by their long list of options. Actually, taking your first steps with Word does not involve great difficulty.

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How to install Microsoft Word

The installation of Microsoft Word is linked to the rest of the applications that make up the Office package. Therefore, by installing it, you will also get other tools on your computer, such as Excel or PowerPoint. To start, you must download its executable. You can do it for free and securely from Malavida, using the download button you will see on this page.

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How to create a master document in Word

Microsoft Word lets you create a master document composed of separate subdocuments to facilitate working with large texts. The idea is to gather several documents into a single one, making the others easily accessible. It can be considered a container of links to different related documents that acts as an index and helps to generate tables of contents easily.

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How to make a crossword puzzle in Word

Word is an extremely complete word processor. In addition to the most basic documents, it also lets you create more complex content, such as crossword puzzles. If you were thinking of using Word to create one by yourself, here is how to do it.

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How to make a table of contents in Word

When a Word document acquires a certain complexity, the insertion of an index becomes necessary. If you are thinking of adding an index to your writings and you do not know how to do it, stay with us because we will tell you how to do it.

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What is a Word template

A Word template is a pre-designed document with several elements that serve various purposes. Thanks to templates, it is easy to create letters, calendars, task lists, and various other types of files quickly and easily. Microsoft Word templates are saved in DOTX format and are essentially the same as a traditional document. However, thanks to the use of templates, you can use a specific type of scheme over and over again and reuse specific elements in different documents.

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Where are Word's temporary files stored?

Word auto-saves every document you create. In this way, the work performed is protected against possible unexpected application shutdowns. This temporary document is located, by default, in the following path:

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Where is the line spacing in Word

Microsoft Word includes many options to customize the look of your documents. One of these functions is line spacing. Here, we tell you where this feature is located and how you can use it in your files.

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How to number pages in Word

When a document increases in length, one way to improve navigation within it is to add page numbering. In Microsoft Word, this function is very easy to use. Simply go to the Insert section.

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How to easily convert Word to PDF on and offline

Depending on the software you have, there are different options to convert a Word document to a PDF file. Perhaps the simplest solution is integrated by default in Microsoft Word. If you already use this software, simply open the Word document you want to convert, then go to File>Save As.

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How to make a resume in Word

Microsoft Word is a perfect application for designing documents, including resumes. If you want to create your own CV in Word, you can choose one of two ways. The first is to create the design from scratch, adding text, images, colors, and formatting all the content on your own. Of course, this method is not impossible, but it will require a large investment of time on your part, especially if you are looking for professional-looking results.

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What is Word and what's it for?

Word is a word processor developed by the American company Microsoft. A word processing software lets the user create, edit, and modify documents that include formatted text and other graphical objects. Thus, it cannot be said that it is a simple text editor.

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April 13, 2021. Translated by Manuel Sánchez