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Word Processing

WordPerfect 7

Let QuickFill Do It

To quickly finish a series (numbers, months, days and so on) in a table, select the cell where the series begins, as well as the blank cells needed to complete the series. Select Table/QuickFill. The remainder of the series will be filled in automatically.

Search for Special Characters

To search for special characters, select the text you want to find and choose Edit/Find and Replace. The selected text will appear in the Find text box. You can also select characters while in the Find text box by pressing Ctrl+W to launch the Character dialog box, which allows access to iconic symbols, phonetic characters and characters in other alphabets.

What's in a Name?

Create a footer with the path and filename of every document you create. Choose Format/Document/Initial Codes Style. From the Styles Editor dialog box, choose Format/Header/Footer/Footer A/Create. Choose Insert/Other/Path and Filename. Select Use as Default in the bottom of the dialog box, and choose OK.

Charts Made Easy

To automatically create a data chart or graphic from an existing table, select the entire table or just the data for the chart. Choose Graphics/Chart. Customize the appearance with the Chart drop-down menu.

Splitting Cells

To split cells in your table diagonally, place the insertion point in the table cell you want to divide, or select a group of cells. Right-click on the table and choose Format. In the Diagonal Lines group box, select the preferred option, such as upper right to lower left. You can even create an "X" in the cell by selecting Both. Choose OK. The diagonal line automatically adjusts to the width of the cell.

Make It Fit

To make your data expand or contract to fit into a desired number of pages, click Format/Make It Fit. In the "Desired number of filled pages" box, type the number of pages you want the document to fill (within 50 percent of the document's current size). Select the items to adjust, such as right and left margins, and click on Make It Fit.

One at a Time

Format a word without first selecting it. Place the insertion point anywhere inside the word by clicking with your cursor, and select the formatting you want to use. To change the font of a single word, place the insertion point in the word, choose Format/Font and select the desired font and font size.

Permanent Font Change

To change the font in your entire document, including page numbers, headers, footers and footnotes, you need to change the Document Initial Font. Select Format/Document/Initial, and choose the desired font. Click on OK.

Fancy Titles in a Flash

Ceate a fancy title in your document by using TextArt. Choose Graphics/TextArt. Type the desired text and select the shape, color, font and justification for the title. Choose Close. The title is inserted into your document as a graphic that you can size by dragging on its handles.

Fast Lines

To make lines, type three hyphens together (---) on a blank line and press Enter. They'll be converted to a horizontal line from the left to the right margin. Type three equal signs in a row (===) and press Enter to get a full-width double line.

Insert a Check Box

To add a check box to your forms and surveys, choose Tools/Macro/Play and then select Check box.wcm. A check box will be inserted, its size determined by the current font size. Once the check box has been inserted, you can put an "x" in it by clicking inside the box.

Spell-Check as You Go

Catch all your spelling errors by using the Spell-As-You-Go feature. Choose Tools/Spell-As-You-Go. When you misspell a word, it's underlined in red. Right-click on it to bring up a QuickMenu with spelling suggestions. Click on the correct word to fix your spelling.

Take Me to Your Leader

Insert dot leaders that extend to the right margin by pressing Flush Right (Alt+F7) twice. To have the dot leader go to the center of the page, press Center (Shift+F7) twice. Change the number of dots in your leader by double-clicking on the dot leader and choosing a new font size from the Power Bar drop-down list. A smaller font size gives you more dots and a larger font size gives you fewer.

Calling All Fonts

Create a sample printout of all available fonts on your printer by choosing Tools/Macro/Play and selecting Allfonts.wcm. It will tell you how many fonts are available and will generate an alphabetical list of fonts with a sample alphabet for each one.

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