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Über dieses Buch

Get hints, useful tricks, and solutions to those annoying problems that plague users of Microsoft’s ever-popular word processing software. This book goes beyond a how-to guide. You will understand where some of Word’s odd behavior comes from, how underlying inheritance rules can affect your formatting, and how to understand and make use of the many hidden characters that Word uses to control the text. By the end of the book, you’ll be able to fly through your Word processing without the usual headaches.
What You'll LearnUnderstand why you should care about hidden characters, and how they can save you time and headachesUse templates effectively, and produce your own templatesEmploy fast desktop publishing techniques to produce a polished final documentGenerate a table of contents and indexFix those pesky tables forever!Who This Book Is For

Everyone who uses Microsoft Word and has encountered difficulties and felt frustrated and slowed down



Chapter 1. Brief Introduction to Word and File Extensions

This book does not intend to teach you how to use Microsoft Word. It supposes that you already have some knowledge about it: how to open, change, and save documents, and how you can format text.
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Chapter 2. Hidden Characters, Inheritance, and Paragraph Formatting

Every word processor—Microsoft Word included—bases its inner workings on hidden characters and the basic principle of inheritance to copy the format applied to whatever is under the cursor to what comes next. To format its text paragraphs, Microsoft Word uses three main hidden characters.
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Chapter 3. Character Attributes

Character attributes relate to precise typographic control of text formatting of the letters and words, and consequently to the whole appearance of the text paragraphs of your document.
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Chapter 4. Select, Find, and Replace Text Characters

Microsoft Word documents can be quite long, and whenever this is the case you may need to move and search through the text to find and select specific characters, words, text sequences, sentences, and paragraphs, and then move them, copy them, and/or apply the desired formatting options to them.
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Chapter 5. Quick Document Formatting with Styles

After all this talk about typography, paragraph and text formatting in Chapters 2 and 3, you are probably thinking that text formatting is a very laborious and complicated task, very prone to errors due to the difficulty of equally implementing the same formatting in similar paragraphs scattered across the pages of long text documents.
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Chapter 6. Using Recommended Styles

Microsoft Word calls the styles shown by default in the Quick Style Gallery as “Recommended” because it offers different tools at the Document Formatting area of the Design tab of the Ribbon to professionally change any document appearance that makes use of them to format the text.
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Chapter 7. Using Heading Styles

Among the Recommended Styles, the so-called Heading styles are intrinsically related to some important Microsoft Word features to format and manage documents.
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Chapter 8. Page Formatting

Microsoft Word pages are easy to configure once you understand how it works and can differentiate types and usage. In this chapter, you will learn how to take the most from the Page Setup dialog box and the usage of the page Header and Footer areas to achieve better results in your document formatting and exporting.
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Chapter 9. Section Breaks

Although Microsoft Word doesn’t have a “page style” resource, which is commonly found in other popular text processors (like BROffice, LibreOffice, or professional desktop publishing tools like Quark XPress and Adobe InDesign), it can produce different page styles in a single document by dividing the document into sections.
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Chapter 10. Formatting Tables

In this chapter, we will have the opportunity to discuss how to manage the tables, figures, and objects that you may eventually need to insert in your documents.
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Chapter 11. Creating and Using Templates

A template is a special kind of file that allows you to start a new document using a predefined set of formatting options. Templates are available for the main Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and you can also create them to allow customization of different documents with the same appearance.
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Chapter 12. Master and Subdocuments

In this chapter you will learn about Microsoft Word Master and Subdocuments feature, which allows you to manage independent documents (called Subdocuments) in a single file (called Master documents), to produce a final document that constitutes the essence of the collaborative work of different people enrolled to pursue the same task, such as the production of a book that contains independent chapters from many different authors.
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