Changing Default Save Location
Word installs a default file location for storing documents – generally the Documents folder on your computer – and it’s amazing how many users never change this location, despite routinely saving all their work somewhere else such as a network drive.
Here is how you change your default file save location:
- Click on File
- Click on Options
- Look to the left side of the window that appears and click Advanced
- Scroll down to the button that says “File Locations” and press it.
- Select Documents and click on Modify
- In the Save File dialog box that appears, type or browse to select the path you wish to set as a default and click on OK to close the dialog box.
- Click OK to close the window.
Quickly Adding Borders to Paragraphs
If you like to use borders between paragraphs to help format your reports in Word, you might like to know about a quick trick for adding a variety of bottom border styles. It is simply a question of typing 3 special characters followed by Enter – go on give it a try right now.
- Press – (hyphen) 3 times followed by Enter to draw an underline border of 3/4 points
- Press _ (underscore) 3 times followed by Enter to draw an underline border of 1.5 points
- Press ~ (tilde) 3 times followed by Enter to draw a zigzag underline border
- Press * (asterisk) 3 times followed by Enter to draw a dotted underline border
- Press = (equal to) 3 times followed by Enter to draw a double underline border
Move Rows Of Text In Table
This is one of those tips that you won’t believe took this long for you to hear about.
Sometimes when you’re laying out a table in Word, you may wish to move one or more rows in the table up or down without changing the table formatting. You’ve probably tried copying and pasting in the past but this method does risk losing formatting changes.
A better method, which ensures formatting is not disturbed, is to use ALT+SHIFT+UP arrow key to move the entire row up. Similarly, to move the entire row down, use ALT+SHIFT+DN arrow key.
NB. Please note you must select the row in question before you can move it using the ALT+SHIFT+Arrow keys.