Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Word’s Built-in Research Tools
Word’s Built-in
Research Tools
Tip: Not everyone likes having Word decide they’re typing a list whenever they begin a line with the
number 1. If you don’t want autoformatted numbered lists, here’s how to tell Word to knock it off: Select
File➝Options (Alt, F, I) and then select Proofing➝AutoCorrect Options. This opens the AutoCorrect dialog
box. Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab and, in the “Apply as you type” section, turn off the “Automatic
numbered lists” checkbox. Click OK, and Word no longer autoformats these lists.
Tables. This option lets you create a table by using a rather cumbersome
combination of plus signs (+) and hyphens (-). If you use it, begin and end
each column with a plus sign and use hyphens to indicate column width.
For example, typing +--------+----+--------+----+ and then pressing Enter
would create a one-line table of four columns, with the first and third
columns twice the width of the second and fourth columns. (Watch out for
consecutive hyphens that get autoformatted into dashes.) To create a new
row, place the cursor just after the row you want to insert the new row
beneath, and then press Enter.
Automatically as you type. This section controls these miscellaneous
formatting changes:
Format beginning of list item like the one before it. If you apply
formatting to the beginning of a list, such as boldfacing an introductory word or
phrase (like this list does), Word keeps track of that formatting up to the
first punctuation mark and applies it to the list items that follow.
Set left- and first-indent with tabs and backspaces. This option is off by
default. If you turn it on, you can indent a paragraph by placing the cursor
at the beginning of the paragraph’s first line and pressing the Tab key. To
indent an entire paragraph, place the cursor at the beginning of any line in
the paragraph except the first line, and press the Tab key. To undo either
kind of indentation, press the Backspace key.
Define styles based on your formatting. This options applies one of
Word’s built-in styles (page 51) to text you’ve formatted manually when
your text has the same formatting as that built-in style.
Word’s Built-in Research Tools
Word comes with a number of handy research tools built in, including a dictionary,
thesaurus, translator, and access to several search and research websites. You access
these tools in the Research pane, shown in Figure 4-8. To summon its help, click
Review Research (Alt, R, R).
Tip: If the Research pane looks a little small, you can make it bigger. Hover your mouse pointer over the
Research pane’s left border until it becomes a two-headed arrow, and then click and drag to resize the
pane. When the pane is the size you want, let go of the mouse button.
 
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