Microsoft Office Mini Toolbar

When selecting text (or cells in Excel), Microsoft includes a Mini toolbar giving you many common formatting options, so you do not have to constantly navigate to the Home ribbon or remember shortcut keys. The options shown on the Mini toolbar will vary, depending upon what you have selected. This option is available in Excel, One Note, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. It cannot be customized. Examples of the Mini Toolbar within Word –

To activate, select the text you want to format, and the Mini toolbar will appear. You can also right click anywhere to activate it.

NOTE: If you do not see the Mini Toolbar, it may be turned off.

To Turn On/Off the Mini Toolbar

  1. Click the File Tab, select Options, then click the General button. (OR Select (ALT F, T and click the General button.)
  2. Navigate to the User Interface options section and check Show Mini Toolbar on selection to turn on the option or uncheck to turn off the option.

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AutoCorrect Options

Learn how to use the AutoCorrect Options for the Office programs — Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.

The AutoCorrect options allow you to correct misspellings, typos, capitalization errors, add symbols and ignore specified words.  The autocorrect options are available in Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.  Below are the step by step instructions for setting and using the autocorrect options.  NOTE:  The steps are the same for all listed programs unless noted differently. Continue reading “AutoCorrect Options”

Custom Dictionary

Learn how to edit the Custom Dictionary within the Office Products.

The spell check feature compares the words within your documents with the words within the main Office dictionary.  This dictionary contains most of common words but it may not contain some proper names, technical terms, acronyms and capitalizations.  To combat this issue, you can add words and capitalizations to a custom dictionary to prevent the spell check feature from flagging them as misspelled.  The custom dictionary applies to Office 2016 – Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, however the steps may differ slightly.  Below are the step by step instructions for editing a Custom Dictionary in Word. Continue reading “Custom Dictionary”

Word Save Options

Learn how to set the various Word Save Options. The skills learned here can also be utilized in Excel and PowerPoint.

The Word Options dialog box is where you can add and change Word settings used within your documents, set your personal information (metadata) stored with the document and any preferences you wish to set.  The Word Save Options specifically work with the variables used when saving your documents, such as the format to use when saving, how often to save AutoRecover, AutoRecover file locations, Default local file location, etc.  Similar Save Options are available in Excel and PowerPoint as well.

Below are the step by step instructions for accessing and change the Word Save Options. Continue reading “Word Save Options”

Creating Word Templates from Documents

Learn the process for creating Word templates from existing documents.

Word templates allow you to create professional looking documents to be used over and over for new documents.  Templates allow you to keep your documents looking consistent while saving you time.  When creating templates, you set up the styles, formatting, and any necessary wording you need so you don’t have to do these steps each time you create a certain type of document.  For example, if you send out business letters on a regular basis, you can set up a template containing all the necessary information and formatting so all you need to do is access it when needed and type in your details.  Below are the step by step instructions for creating Word Templates from existing documents. Continue reading “Creating Word Templates from Documents”

KeyTips – Using the Keyboard to Access the Office Ribbons

Learn how to use KeyTips to access Office Ribbon commands via the keyboard.

KeyTips / Access Keys

Access keys are shortcut keys that give you access to the ribbon commands without using your mouse.  Once you press the ALT key, KeyTips appear over each command available in the current view, including the Quick Access Toolbar.  Depending on which letter you press, you may be shown additional KeyTips. Continue reading “KeyTips – Using the Keyboard to Access the Office Ribbons”