Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Resetting Word Options
We also like to pin certain documents and places so that they stay on the Recent tab
permanently. For example, we have a report that we must update monthly; the same
document is used regularly but not frequently. During the intervening month, the report usually
scrolls off the list if it’s not pinned, meaning we have to go hunting for it.
Resetting Word Options
There may come a time when something about Word isn’t working the way you want it
to, and you just want to restore the default setup. The best way to do that, of course, is to
reverse the steps that got you into that situation—but that’s not always possible.
If you really get desperate—and if you’re willing and able to poke around in the registry
and other dark places—check out Microsoft Support article 822005 ( w7io.com/822005 ). It
can help you to find where deeply hidden settings are stored in the registry and in other
files. The article includes instructions for various methods of removing these settings,
thereby resetting Word to its default.
The methods described in the support article don’t really qualify as a “favorite” tip. Use
them only as a last resort, and at your own peril!
Reading Document Text Aloud
It’s often useful to have a document read aloud. When you’re proofreading text that you’ve
retyped, you can read the original while Word speaks what you typed. And sometimes
having something you’ve written spoken out loud exposes errors that you might miss by
staring at the words on the screen or on paper.
Word has a well-hidden Speak command that can assist in these situations. Some very
good text-to-speech implementations are available for modern computers; this isn’t one of
them. The spoken text is unmistakably computer-generated, yet it can be good enough for
If you want to try it, you need to dig a bit. Right-click the ribbon and choose Customize The
Ribbon. Under Choose Commands From, select Commands Not In The Ribbon. Scroll down
to find the Speak command, and add it to the ribbon. (If you don’t already have a custom
group on the ribbon, you need to create one.) The Review tab is an appropriate location.
For details about adding a command to the ribbon, see “Personalizing the Ribbon” on page 57.