How to Transcribe Audio Files with Word

Transcribe pane and editor with callout options.

Have you ever listened to a podcast, webinar, or class lecture and wished you had a written transcript? Microsoft released a new feature for Word for the web that simplifies transcription for English speakers. It’s a great start, but like all audio transcription tools, you still need to do editing.

Catch Costly Mistakes with Exclude Dictionary

custom dictionaries under Proofing tab

Sometimes it’s too easy to rely on built-in proofing tools to catch mistakes. Spellcheckers are great for misspelling, but what if your typo resulted in a word that is spelled correctly? There is a feature in Microsoft Word that can help prevent embarrassing mistakes.

Printing Text in Reverse

apply rotation value for X axis

Sometimes it’s the little things that trip you up like figuring out how to print text in reverse. I’m not trying to imitate Da Vinci and his mirror fonts. Instead, I was trying to do a t-shirt transfer with a quote. It seems there are many ways to solve this problem. You could also use this technique to baffle your boss with backwards emails.

Word Spell Check Not Working

Misspelled word and Do not check spelling note.

Ever have one of those days where you’re trying to get out an important document, but you find the spellchecker in Word isn’t working? Sometimes you can’t check a specific document and other times you can’t spell-check any documents. Either way, you might try some of these quick solutions.

Many Ways to Convert Word to HTML

converted Word doc to HTML

Few people would argue that Microsoft Word is a versatile program. The problem is that the software may not be the best tool to convert your Word documents to HTML. This is true if you need watch file sizes as it adds code that increases page size. It may also include information you don’t expect. If you need to get your Word content to the web, I’ve got some tips and alternatives.

Word Readability Statistics and Alternatives

I still find writing tough, especially when I need to provide instructions. It can be hard to know when your writing is easy to read. However, Microsoft Word offers some features that can improve your text readability. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up Readability Statistics and some free alternatives.

How to Create a Letterhead in Microsoft Word

Header area of Word letterhead

Printed letterhead stock is nice, but can be costly. If you don’t print a lot of letters, you might want to make your own letterhead in Microsoft Word. It just takes a few minutes to create a template file with your address, logo, and other items you want. This is a great solution for solopreneurs and small businesses.

Make Custom Gift Certificates with Word & Excel

Excel fields overlaid on gift certificates.

We all know that it’s the little things in life that make people feel special. One of the most thoughtful gestures you can give to someone, such as your customers, is a gift certificate. Instead of using store-bought generic ones, we’ve created a tutorial to show how to make custom printable gift certificates using Microsoft Word and Excel.