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Take Control of What’s New in Word 2004
Oct 07, 2004

Take Control of What’s New in Word 2004

Make the most of your investment in Microsoft Office by learning Word 2004’s new features!

Microsoft Office 2004 is expensive, so turn to Word expert Matt Neuburg for the best strategy for upgrading to Word 2004 and handling the 80 fonts that Word installs on your Mac, complete with info about four fonts you should not delete and those you can delete to avoid conflicts, shorten your Font menu, and make Word launch faster. Save time and increase accuracy when typing and pasting text with smart buttons. Discover the new Navigation Pane and three workarounds to an annoying bug that may bite you. Learn how to use Notebook view effectively. Read an overview of important changes to Unicode support, styles, and using markup, plus find out what’s new with AppleScript and what Microsoft put in the Toolbox. Bonus! Summaries of ten changes to preference panes, six subtle changes to menus, and three important changes to commonly used dialogs.

Companion volume! This ebook is the first of a two-volume set. The 78-page Take Control of What’s New in Word 2004: Advanced Editing & Formatting provides detailed explanations of smart buttons, Unicode support, styles, inserting special characters, and using comments and revision tracking. Buy both now and save 50% on the second one!

Update Plans

At this time, we do not plan to update this ebook for a later version of Microsoft Word.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.3 Update

    According to Microsoft’s Web site the Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.5.3 Update, “contains several improvements to enhance stability, compatibility, and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.” Additionally, this small update fixes crashing bugs in Excel 2004 and Word 2004 when you open or close documents, and updates time zone information in Entourage 2004. It’s a 15.1 MB download from Microsoft’s Web Site, and should soon be available via the Office 2004 version of Microsoft AutoUpdate.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

  2. Converting between Word 2004’s .doc Format and Word 2008’s .docx Format

    I’ve been working in Word 2008 for a few months now, and I’ve had good success in saving my files in .doc format so that I can work easily with people who are still using Word 2004. However, if you’re working in a mixed Word 2008/2004 environment, you may find that it’d be nice to have a .docx converter for Word 2004. To get that converter, you need to do two things first, update your copy of Office to version 11.5.0 and, second, install the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.

    Alternately, for a quick conversion without doing all that installing, check out Zamzar, a Web-based file-conversion service. (Thanks to TUAW Tips for the Zamzar suggestion.)

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

  3. 3 Ways to Convert Word 2007 for Windows Documents to Mac Word 2004

    More conversion options are becoming available, though word has it that none of them are perfect, especially for more complext documents. In addition to Microsoft’s Open XML File Format Converter for Mac (currently at version 0.1b, b for beta), there’s MacLinkPlus Deluxe version 16 and Panergy’s docXConverter.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

  4. Open XML File Format Converter

    If you need to open Office Open XML documents created by Windows users in Word 2007, you’ll want to use a converter, such as the beta version that Microsoft recently released. The TidBITS article, Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter in Beta has more information.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

The Author

Matt Neuburg is a TidBITS contributing editor and the author of several books about Apple software, including Programming iOS 4. He has been programming computers for 45 years, and has written popular Mac and iOS freeware such as MemoryStick and the TidBITS News app.