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New Wordman's Hiliter!

Posted on June 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

There is a new version of Wordman's Hiliter, an add-in for Microsoft Word 2007, 2010 and 2013, available in the Store.

This new version highlights target words and phrases not just in the main body of the document but in headers, footers, text boxes, footnotes, and endnotes. It also allows you to use all of the options available in Word's Find dialog.

For more details, an evaluation copy of Wordman's Hiliter and the User Guide, go to the Hiliter home page.

New Wordman's ReviewIt!

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

There is a new version of Wordman's ReviewIt!, an add-in for Microsoft Word 2007, 2010 and 2013, available in the Store.

This new version add the ability to create a tracking sheet in Excel or Word, allowing you make sure all comments are addressed!

For more details, an evaluation copy of Wordman's ReviewIt! and the User Guide, go to the ReviewIt! home page.

Need a good text editor?

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 3:55 AM

Wordman recommends Notepad++ for editing text files that contain software code or XML. It's free at notepad-plus-plus.org/.

Keep Calm and Wordman!

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Just for fun!

“Make the famous WW2 poster yourself, and countless variations, in Microsoft Office”

See: shop.office-watch.com/keepcalm/

Having stability issues with Office 2013?

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I just installed Office 2013 Professional (alongside 2010 and 2007) on my laptop at the weekend. However, it kept crashing and giving me 'black' windows. It turns out that, by default, Word uses hardware graphics acceleration, and I guess it wasn't playing nice with the Radeon chip on my PC. The solution is easy, and so far seems to work. In any Office 2013 application, go to File > Options > Advanced, and check 'Disable hardware graphics acceleration.' I'll update this post from time to time, just to confirm that this solution was the correct solution!

What's In and Out of Office 2013

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Bye bye Clippy!

For a cool infographic of what features are new in Office 2013, and what current features have been dropped, visit TechRepublic at www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/infographic-whats-in-and-out-of-office-2013/7294

Office 2013 Licensing...

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM

...In a nutshell, here are the major changes in how Office is licensed:


  • There is no purchasable physical, removable media - when you buy an Office 365 subscription or one of the single user copies of Office 2013, you will receive a product key code. You will have to use your browser to navigate to office.com/setup and download the actual applications.
  • A single user copy of Office 2013 is licensed to a single machine, not to a single user. Officially: The software license is permanently assigned to the device on which the software is initially activated. That device is the “licensed device.” In the event of an under warranty failure, you can ask Microsoft to transfer the license.

Making BYOD Easier

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

If you BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to work, separating your private and work data, and synchronizing the latter acorss multiple devices, can be a pain. However, these five apps, courtesy of TechRepublic, could make your life easier...


Latest Wordman Article Published

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

My 43nd Wordman article. "Table Styles," has been published in the APMP Perspective.

Before Microsoft introduced table styles in Word 2002, part of Office XP, you had to format your tables manually. This became laborious for table designs with alternating row banding, a popular table design in proposal templates. Table styles allow you to rapidly format tables to match your proposal template, including alternating row banding, header rows, etc. However, as we shall see later in this article, table styles, while very effective, do have a few weaknesses...

All my Wordman articles published in the APMP Perspective are available to signed-in APMP members at www.apmp.org/?page=WMArchives. If you're a proposal professional, and not an APMP member, sign up today!


64-bit Wordman Addins

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 3:05 AM

All Wordman addins are now compatible with the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010.



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