Previously, at the LOMAP Blog, here:

We offered some of our five favorite tips for leveraging your Outlook email, with a promise to double down, with five more of our favorite tips, the next time around, for Microsoft Word. Well, the next time has just about come around.

I believe Cameo said it best, when they said: Word Up!

(1) Add “New” and “Open” Icons

What Does It Do?

Adding these icons above your toolbar will allow you to open a blank document with one click, or a saved document with as few as two clicks.

How Does It Help You?

It may not sound like much; but, saving one or two clicks here and there ends up saving you lots of time, over time.

How Do You Do It?

2003: Text + Video

2007: Text + Video

2010: Text + Video

(2) Use Paste Special

What Does It Do?

Use this tool to remove or change the formatting of copied text, or to change the file type for media, prior to pasting.

How Does It Help You?

Lawyers stuck with WordPerfect for so long because of the ‘Reveal Codes’ feature; and, while style edits can still be problematic in Word, Paste Special has, by each new iteration, allowed users a greater depth of feel and control over how pasted text and objects will look.

How Do You Do It?

2003: Text + Video

2007: Text + Video

2010: Text + Video

(3) Use the “Reading Highlight” Feature

What Does It Do?

This feature highlights every result in a document for a find/replace search.

How Does It Help You?

Rather than clicking through each result of a find/replace search, you can effect a wider coverage, and view, at one time, every instance of the searched-for term/phrase, as your document view allows.

How Do You Do It?

2007: Text

2010: Text

(4) Drag + Drop Using “View Side by Side”

What Does It Do?

Using this function, you can split your screen, in order to see two documents at once. (You can turn off the default ‘synchronous scrolling’.) From there, you can cut and paste or drag and drop text or media from one document to another. (You can turn off the default drag and drop, too, in all of 2003, 2007 and 2010.)

How Does It Help You?

This is a great tool for comparing versions of documents, and for editing documents–for example, by easily incorporating template clauses, or research matter, simply by dragging the selected item from one document to the other.

How Do You Do It?

2003: Text

2007: Text

2010: Text

(5) Use Quick Tables

What Does It Do?

Easily insert blank built-in Word tables or those that you have created and saved using this feature.

How Does It Help You?

If you regularly utilize tables in your documents, this tool can save you a bunch of time, by allowing you to quickly insert Word’s or your own tables, rather than having to create those from scratch, each time–or, even, rather than having to cut and paste those from another document, and de- and re-populate, each time. As a practicing attorney, you likely use template documents all the time; it’s not at too far a remove from that thesis to begin using template segments of documents.

How Do You Do It?

2007: Text + Video

2010: Text + Video

(Thanks again to our own Rachel Willcox for finding me links to some great Word tutorials.)

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Liner Notes

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Part II (2001)

Come On Over Tonight” (a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women + a Summer Jam)

Two Feet of Topsoil” (a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women + a Bluegrassy Number)

I’m Gonna Miss Her” (a Fishing Song + a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women)

The Old Rugged Cross” (a Song about Jesus + a Country Power Ballad)

Mud on the Tires (2003)

Whiskey Lullaby” featuring Alison Krauss (a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women + a Country Power Ballad)

That’s Love” (a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women + a Progressive Track)

Mud on the Tires” (a Summer Jam)

Celebrity” (a Progressive Track)

Time Well Wasted (2005)

I’ll Take You Back” (a Summer Jam + a Progressive Track + a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women)

Easy Money” (a Summer Jam + a etc.)

Waitin’ On a Woman” (a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women + a Country Power Ballad + a Progressive Track + a Song about Jesus)

She’s Everything” (a Country Power Ballad)

5th Gear (2007)

Ticks” (a Summer Jam + a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women)

Online” (a Summer Jam + a Progressive Track + a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women)

Mr. Policeman” (a Summer Jam + a Bluegrassy Number)

I’m Still a Guy” (a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women)

Play (2008)

Start a Band” featuring Keith Urban (a Summer Jam + a Progressive Track)

Huckleberry Jam” (a Bluegrassy Number + a Progressive Track)

What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (a Song about Jesus)

Come On In” featuring Buck Owens, posthumously (a Bluegrassy Number + a Progressive Track + a etc.)

American Saturday Night (2009)

Water” (the Summer Jam)

Then” (a Country Power Ballad)

Welcome to the Future/Welcome to the Future (Reprise)/Back to the Future” (a Summer Jam + a Progressive Track + a Country Power Ballad + a etc.)

Catch All the Fish” (a Fishing Song + a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women + a Bluegrassy Number + a Summer Jam)

This Is Country Music (2011)

This is Country Music” (a Country Power Ballad + a Progressive Track + a Song about Jesus)

Working On a Tan” (a Progressive Track + a etc.)

Old Alabama“ featuring Alabama (a Summer Jam + a Bluegrassy Number)

Be the Lake” (a Summer Jam + a Song About the Differences Between Men and Women + a Bluegrassy Number + a etc.)

Bonus Tracks

Sharp Dressed Man” (a Summer Jam + a Progressive Track + a etc.)(cover of ZZ Top original)

Keep on the Sunny Side” (a Bluegrassy Number + a Song about Jesus + a etc.)(cover of June Carter Cash family unoriginal)

Folsom Prison Blues” (Live at the CMAs) (a Bluegrassier Number + a Progressive Track)(cover of Johnny Cash original)

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It’s alright if your foot started tappin’. Go ‘head. Get your Paisley on. Don’t be ashamed none. Pretty soon, you’ll be splitting your vacations between Nashville and Branson.