Fast and Easy Format Changes


I like to format my memos with a line space between paragraphs for easier reading. Is there a formula or a macro to do that in one easy step?

I have something better than a macro: Press Ctrl+A to highlight the entire document and then press Ctrl+0 (that’s a zero), and Word adds a single line space (that’s a 12-point line space) before each paragraph.

And while I’m on the subject of quick and easy Word format changes, consider some of these shortcuts:

If reviewers returned your memo with their own formats in some paragraphs (justified rather than flush left, for example), you can cancel them by holding down the Ctrl button while selecting the changed paragraphs and pressing Q.

If you want to return the paragraphs to the Normal style, press Ctrl+Shift+N.

To convert lowercase letters to uppercase, highlight the letters and press Shift+F3. Press it again to convert to lowercase and once again to convert to upper-lowercase title format (first letters of each word are uppercase, the rest are lowercase).

To convert to small caps, press Ctrl+Shift+K.

If a whole sentence or paragraph is underlined, spaces included, you can removed the underlines between the words by pressing Ctrl+Shift+W.

To return text to its original Normal format, press Ctrl+spacebar.


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