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How to create and modify tables in Word

Many documents present some data in the form of figures or tables. Creating tables is often more efficient than describing the data in the paragraph text, especially when the data is numerical or large. The tabular data presentation makes it easier to read and understand.

Position pictures, text boxes, shapes on the page

Word offers many useful features for working with various objects, such as images, photographs, text boxes, shapes, WordArt objects. All visual objects, excluding tables and equations, are figures in Microsoft Word. One of the most challenging steps in formatting objects is placing them with the text content. The Layout dialog box controls the positioning of figures.

Text wrapping in the Word document

Word’s Position and Wrap Text features help arrange images and text on the page. Position features automatically place the object at the location of your choice on the page (see how to position figures in Word for more details). Text Wrap features determine how text wraps around an image or other objects on the page, depending on the chosen option.

How to work with images in a Word document

Some documents have digital photographs and images created and saved in other programs that make documents entertaining or convey information better than words. These types of images are referred to as pictures.

Bookmarks in a Word document

A bookmark marks a place (word, phrase, object, etc.) in the document for navigation from other places. Bookmarks are often used to display the bookmarked content elsewhere in the document. A unique name identifies each bookmark, and you can create as many bookmarks as you like in the document.

Update fields in text boxes and shapes

Word doesn’t always keep up with changes in a document. For example, Word automatically updates fields in text boxes and shapes after insert but doesn’t update them after deleting or moving. It is better to update fields manually after such changes.

How to turn off superscripts for ordinals

Ordinals (also known as ordinal numerals or ordinal number words) represent the position in a series. They describe the numerical position of an object, e.g., first, second, third, etc. By default, Word converts ordinal numbers to superscripts:

How to turn on or turn off automatic generation of Alternative text for pictures

All visual objects in the document, including images, charts, photographs, diagrams, and other informative non-textual (visual) content, require Alternative text (Alt text) descriptions. Adding alt text can help people understand the content of images, graphs, and other similar objects. Alt text is read aloud when a screen reader meets such a visual object.

How to clear formatting in Word

Sometimes, text in Word has text formatting, such as bold, italics, or underlining that you do not need. If you insert some text from an external source or copy/paste it within the same document, you can paste it without the source formatting. Also, you can clear the existing formatting.

Navigating in the document

In Word, if a document is too long or too wide, problems arise with editing and even positioning the cursor to the desired page, section, picture, equation, etc. Fortunately, Word offers a very convenient feature for jumping between elements of the specific type: from heading to heading, from page to page, or from picture to picture, etc.

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