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Take Control of What’s New in Word 2004: Advanced Editing & Formatting
Oct 07, 2004

Take Control of What’s New in Word 2004: Advanced Editing & Formatting

Work more effectively on your Mac by learning nitty-gritty details about Word 2004’s new features!

Under Matt Neuburg’s expert guidance, you’ll get help with the complex changes in Word’s editing and formatting features. You’ll learn the hidden rules that govern smart buttons and animated blue underlines and find out how to take advantage of new style features, including table and list styles. Matt also explains how to type special characters and teaches you three techniques for entering frequently used characters. Anyone relying on Unicode or unusual fonts needs Matt’s real-world help and explanation of why fonts may not work as expected, including four solutions to common problems with old fonts. Finally, Matt explains in detail how you can use the new comment and revision tracking features most effectively.

Companion volume! This ebook is the second of a two-volume set. The 73-page Take Control of What’s New in Word 2004 helps with installation (including advice on handling the 80 fonts that Word installs); looks at what’s new with AppleScript; and explains the Navigation pane, the Toolbox, and Notebook view. Buy both now and save 50% on the second one.

Update Plans

We don’t plan to update this ebook for Office 2008.

Posted by Adam Engst

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. 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.