Have you ever heard of Quick Tables? I ask because most of my clients have never heard of this! So I thought it high time, that I told folks about it.
Quick Tables has many tools and options and they can be quickly and easily placed into your document. They are already formatted with styles and if you are not happy with that, you can edit them and customize them to suit you – again, very quickly and easily. This wonderful feature will save you lots and lots of time and aggravation.
Sit down to your computer and open up a blank document and follow along with me:
- Click the Insert tab on your Ribbon.
- Now click the arrow below the Table button.
- Click on Quick Tables and a slide-out menu will appear with several options.
- You can select from four different calendar tables, a matrix, a tabular list, and two tables suitable for data.
- Once you select the Quick Table you would like to use, you can simply key in your data and call it a day!
You can also, however, customize these tables as you would any other table you add to your Word document.
You can use different themes, styles, fonts, etc.
- Styles can be used alone to create your titles, subtitles, headings, and paragraphs and make them consistent. But they can also be used in conjunction with Themes to apply the appearance you select.
- Once you select a Theme, the elements of your document must be tagged for the style to apply. Just select your title and from Styles click the Title style.
- Then, select your headings and do the same thing. You will see the theme you chose once the Styles are applied.
- Once you have your document’s elements tagged for titles, headings and text, you can look at different themes if you want.
- You can also go back to the Design tab, open the Theme options, and move your mouse over each one. Notice that your document will change as you do this, making it very easy to select a Theme that you like.
- You can now move on to fonts. They can really spice up your document, but perhaps you may not wan tot go all in with a theme or style. You will find that Word offers great options for fonts that make you text really stand out, while creating your own style. The fonts are found on your Home tab and you can quickly apply styles such as highlighting and Italics along with font type and size.
- But don’t stop there! There is much more you can do with Fonts, such as applying shadows, reflections and glowing. Just don’t go overboard with it. You still want a professional looking document that grabs the eye. Well formatted text makes the reader pay attention.
- Just select the arrow for Text Effects and Typography from your Font menu to see your options.
- You can select one that you like or customize the appearance by clicking Shadow Option, Reflection Options or Glow Options from the slide-out menu. Your sidebar will open and allow you to adjust each of these font styles as well as soft edges and 3D effects!
And remember, you do not have to select an effect to see how it looks. Simply select the text in your document and as you move your mouse over it, you will see what it will look like.