Frequently Asked Questions about Word

Documents and templates

Headers and footers and page numbers


A few words about Word's draw layer

Working with graphics


Customizing Word

Unexpected behavior

Miscellaneous How-To . . .

How Word Differs from WordPerfect

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Customizing Word

Add the Insert Frame command to the Insert menu.

1. Choose Customize on the Tools menu.
2. Click the Commands tab.
3. Pull down the Save In list and select Normal.dot (assuming you want the command to be available in all documents)
4. Select All Commands in the Categories List.
5. Select InsertFrame in the Command list and drag it up to the Insert Menu.
6. Wait for the Insert Menu to display, then drop the InsertFrame command where desired.
7. Click Close.

Prevent the Office Assistant character (Einstein, Clippit, etc.) from popping up.

One popular technique is to click Find|Files and Folders on the Start menu, and search for Actors. This should located a folder called something like C:\Program Files\MSOffice\Office\Actors. Right-Click this folder and rename it to DearDepartedActors.

Restore a command to a menu.

1. On the Tools menu, choose Customize.
2. Click the Commands tab at the top of the dialog box.
3. Pull down the Save In list and select normal.dot if not already selected.
4. In the Categories list, choose All.
5. In the Commands list, scroll down to the missing command and drag it with the mouse out of the list and up to the desired menu, pausing when you get there to let the menu drop down, then release the command at the position where you want it to appear on the menu.
6. Click the Close button.

Prevent a user from opening the headers and footers for editing with a double-click.

Insert a continuous section break at the start of your document, then choose Protect Document on the Tools menu and protect Section 1 for forms. Credit: Ray Wellington.