Inserting Text Boxes or Shapes in Microsoft Word
January 9, 2006
When inserting a text box or shape (i.e. a line, box, circle, etc.) in Microsoft Word, the application automatically creates a drawing canvas for you that often reformats the page upon which you are working. This causes text and images already on the page to be arbitrarily moved. With just a few quick steps you can shut this drawing canvas off to regain full control of the page formatting:
- On the Tools menu, click Options.
- Click the General tab.
- Remove the checkmark from the Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes check box.
Easy Viewing of PDF Files
PDF files have a number of built-in keyboard shortcuts that make for easier document viewing. Here are just a few:
- Hide toolbars: The F8 key toggles the visibility of toolbars. Hide toolbars to concentrate on reading and reveal them when you need to use the tools to process the document.
- Hide the Menu Bar: The F9 key toggles the visibility of the menu bar. As with toolbars, the menu bar can be hidden to reduce screen clutter or revealed when menu items are required.
- Full-screen mode: Full-screen mode can be toggled using Ctrl-L. When viewing in full-screen mode you will not see any toolbars, menus or other interactive icons.
- Automatic scrolling: Pressing Ctrl-Shift-H activates automatic scrolling. The Up and Down arrow keys can be used to regulate the scrolling speed and direction.
Last modified: Jan 06, 2006, 12:12 EST