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Archive for the ‘Word’ Category

Word for Windows Keyboard Shortcut for Find Next – Super User

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/09/05

Unlike most applications where F3 is search next, Office has their own thought about keyboard shortcuts.

So in Word for Windows, you can use these:

  • Find next:
    • “RepeatFind”: Shift+F4 or Ctrl+Alt+Y.
    • “Browse next item”:  Control+PageDown.
  • Find previous:
    • “Browse previous item”: Control+PageUp.



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Improve Word performance with tables

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/25

Apart from the obvious “use less tables” and “break tables apart”, these can also help big time:

  1. Run %WinDir%\System32\SystemPropertiesPerformance.exe
  2. Choose “Ajust for best performance” (it will disable all visual enhancements)
  3. Re-enable “Smooth edges of screen fonts” (it will make it easier to set bold and italic apart in Word)

If it is still too slow, I might look into these:


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Posted in Microsoft Surface on Windows 7, Office, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Power User, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista, Word | Leave a Comment »

Download link for Office 2013 Language Pack Options

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/07/20

In case I need to re-download some language related Office 2013 things again: Office 2013 Language Pack Options.


Posted in Excel, Office, Office 2013, Outlook, Power Point, Power User, Word | Leave a Comment »

Multiple instances of Word 2013 launching when opening files from Explorer window

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/12

If you ever have this problem, check if the ddeexec key word opening Word documents as a [REM_DDE_EXEC] prepended.

If so: remove it.

ddeexec is used by the Windows Explorer to open a file through DDE (because that usually is a lot faster than starting a new proces) as explained by Taming Microsoft Word 2007’s File Associations and Document Windows, Part One — Within Windows.


via Multiple instances of Word launching when opening files from Explorer window.

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Some notes on Word automation and showing Bookmarks

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/27

Though I’ve done this automation in Delphi, this applies to automation from any development platform. In this particular project, the documents used Bookmarks. Those have changed over time, so has the Word support for it.

From Word 2000 until Word you could disable the showing of Bookmarks by setting the ShowBookmarks property to False like this:

<br />ActiveDocument.ActiveWindow.View.ShowBookmarks := False;<br />

Well, when doing this, Office 2013 can throw an error like this:

EOleException: The ShowBookmarks method or property is not available because this command is not available for reading
ErrorCode: 0x800A11FD
Source: Microsoft Word
HelpFile: wdmain11.chm

The full error message does not give any useful search results. But a partial search finds a Word 2013 issue towards the top of the results:

sometimes Words opens the document in Reading layout. Reading layout does not allow all operations in Word 2013.

If a document is protected, and you try to change something you should not, you get an error message like this:

This method or property is not available because the document is a protected document.

Usually, Cindy Meister is very accurate. However this time here code

...ActiveWindow.View = wdPrintView

should have been like

...ActiveWindow.View.Type = wdPrintView

Of course you also have to save/restore this property while you are enabling the ShowBookmarks property.

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Posted in Delphi, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Development, Office, Office 2000, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office Automation, Power User, Software Development, Word | Leave a Comment »

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