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Understanding the Basics of Computers, Special Edition
August 12, 2012

Ezine issue 25

Understanding the Basics of Computers

Your source for computer tips and tricks for the beginner computer user

May 2012 Issue 24

Welcome to the May issue of Understanding the Basics of Computers. We have new pages coming out every week, a small selection of video tutorials, and coming soon live webinars including Q & A session after lesson for a small fee. I hope the article I chose in this issue helps you with your computer problems or teaches you something you didn't know before.

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In this issue: Focusing on Word 2010

I hope you find this basic information on Word 2010 beneficial.

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Microsoft Word 2010 comes packed with a ton of new features, with some of them being very powerful in making writing easier.

Window Splitting

Prior to Word 2010 a user had to jump back and forth in the same document when working on two different points. With 2010 that’s eliminated. A writer can now split the same screen, showing two different points in the same document. This feature is great for cross-referencing and real time editing with multiple tie points in a document.

A split is done by using the button at the top of the vertical scrolling bar and dragging it into place. Alternatively, one can go to the View tab and hit the split button. Then the writer just positions the split bar in the document and goes to work.

Portrait/Landscape in One Document

In the old days, if a writer wanted a portrait page in a document file, he had to create it as a separate file and then insert it as a hardcopy. Then came the feature of sections, which allowed some separated control, but it was hard to figure out without practice.

In Word 2010 the writer simply finds where he wants the landscape page to exist. Then, on Page Layout he selects Breaks-SectionBreaks-New Page. This sequence creates a new section. The writer then goes to Page Layout and switches the orientation by going to the advanced menu of Page Setup, selecting the Margins menu, picking Landscape and clicking on Apply To and select This Section. The landscape page is then ready to use. To go back to portrait, he just does the steps again, and selects portrait in the Margins menu.

Eliminate the Error Lines

Word’s document symbols for grammar or spelling errors comes in colored squiggly lines underneath the problem area. Just go to File-Options-Proofing and un-click the checkbox for “check spelling as you type”. Do the same for “mark grammar errors as you type.” Click OK to approve, and the correction lines in the working document are now gone.

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If you have a specific question about one of the selections do please email me at or call me at 303-931-2206 and I will help you.

I hope this issue of Understanding the Basics of Computers was helpful. If you have any suggestions for next months issue or comments on this issue please let me know.

Keep learning about your computer,
Jennifer Anderson

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